The iFixit team managed to get their hands on a Galaxy S5 Mini for a teardown, and found that the device has a lot in common with its standard sized sibling, the Galaxy S5. Both devices for instance feature the same dust and water resistance seal, as well as the micro-SIM tray and the microSD card slot. The Galaxy S5 Mini also retains the fingerprint scanner and the heart rate sensor at the back from the Galaxy S5.
For all the component nerds out there, here's the hardware that makes the Galaxy S5 Mini tick:
- Samsung K3QF5F50MM 1.5 GB DRAM
- 1.4 GHz quad-core Exynos 3 Quad
- Toshiba THGBMBG7D2KBAIL 16 GB NAND Flash
- TriQuint TQP9059S Power Amplifier Module
- Broadcom BCM4334 Dual-Band 802.11n Wi-Fi/BT 4.0 +HS/FM Receiver Combo Chip
- Murata DF HWF
- Skyworks 3529-11 60486 1
- ABOV Semiconductor 116CUB 1414
- Shannon 889 N7FT4AMZ
- Broadcom BCM475201UB Integrated Multi-Constellation GNSS Receiver
- Wolfson Microelectronics WM1811AE Multi-Channel Audio Hub CODEC
- InvenSense M651M 6-Axis Accel + Gyro
The teardown revealed that the Galaxy S5 Mini is relatively easy to repair, thanks to the removable battery. That being said, most of the internal components can only be accessed by removing the display, which is held in by a significant amount of adhesive. So, while the cameras, headphone jack, vibrator motor, and speakers can be changed, accessing them requires you to remove the display, which may result in extra damage to the device.
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