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Samsung Galaxy S4 spills its guts in teardown video

As wonderful as smartphones are, sometimes things go wrong that require a repair. Samsung has been praised for good repairability in the past, but how is the Galaxy S4 going to hold up? TechnoBuffalo received a video from a source that shows just how reparable Samsung’s new flagship really is. The good news? It looks to match the Galaxy S III in that regard.

Just like Samsung’s last flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S4 can be easily torn down with a little bit of patience and some small Torx screwdrivers. It doesn’t look like it requires much effort to access critical components of the phone, including the mainboard, radios, antennas, and camera module. TechnoBuffalo’s source says that the handset is ultimately even easier to fix than the Galaxy S III.

There’s a pretty big “but” that comes with that assessment, however. According to the site’s source, the glass screen on the Galaxy S4 may be harder to remove than the ones found on the Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II. Relatively inexpensive aftermarket glass replacements could be purchased for both phones, and the same could eventually ring true of the Galaxy S4. Still, it’s something to note for those invested in the repairability of the phone.

Samsung’s latest and greatest handset isn’t a huge departure from the design of the Galaxy S III, but the South Korean company has been busy bringing the specs up to speed. The handset includes a 5-inch Super AMOLED 1080p display, a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor clocked at 1.9Ghz, 2GB of RAM, 16GB to 64GB of internal storage, and a 13-megapixel camera. Android Jelly Bean 4.2 powers the whole show, with Samsung further integrating and refining its TouchWiz interface into the OS. if you’re aching to know more ahead of the official launch, make sure to read our hands-on.

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