Consumer Peripherals

Teardown: Samsung Galaxy Note 7

06 December 2016
The following is an overview of a teardown analysis conducted by IHS Benchmarking.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is an Android smartphone that was released in August 2016 as a successor to the Galaxy Note 5. The Galaxy Note 7 is the sixth main device in the Galaxy Note series, however, Samsung branded it as "7" so that consumers would not perceive it as being inferior to the flagship Samsung Galaxy S7.

The Galaxy Note 7 is an evolution of the Galaxy Note 5 that inherited hardware components and improvements from the Galaxy S7, including the restoration of expandable storage and IP68 water resistance, and new features such as a dual-sided curved display, improvements to the bundled stylus, and new software features that utilize it as an iris-recognition system and a USB Type-C port.

On October 10, 2016, Samsung decided to stop sales and shipments of Galaxy Note 7 devices as part of its commitment to customer safety. The company sent a notice to users asking them to back up their data and switch off their devices, after fire incidents had occurred.

Summary points:

5.67" touch smartphone with stylus/digitizer

Qualcomm MSM8996 Processor 64GB NAND 4GB LPDDR4

12MP OIS Primary Camera Android v6.0.1

Target market: General Consumer

Released: Q3 2016

Pricing: $879.99 USD

Availability: Global

Total cost (direct materials and manufacturing): $301.33

Major Components:

  • 5.67" Diagonal, AMOLED, LTPS, 2560 x 1440, On Cell Touch (Y-OCTA), Flexible Display, Pentile Matrix, w/Digitizer PCB & Shielding Film – MFG: SAMSUNG DISPLAY CO. LTD – MPN: AMB567MK01
  • Apps/Baseband Processor, Multi-Mode, Multi-Band, Snapdragon 820, Quad-Core 64-Bit Kryo 2.2GHz, Adreno 530 GPU, 14nm, PoP – MFG: QUALCOMM - MPN: MSM8996
  • Primary Camera Module, 12MP, BSI CMOS, 1/2.5" Format, Auto Focus Lens, Optical Image Stabilization, 6P Lens
  • 12-Layer, FR4/RCF HDI, Any Layer Stacked Via, Lead-Free – MFG: DAP CORPORATION
  • Enclosure, Main, Top, Machined Aluminum, Anodized, w/Injection-Molded Glass-Filled PBT, w/17 Metal Tabs, Polished, w/ESD/EMI Coating
  • Enclosure, Main, Bottom, Cover, 3-D Curved Tempered Glass, 2 Holes, w/Multi-Color Film, GORILLA® GLASS 5 – MFG: CORNING INCORPORATED
  • Bluetooth/WLAN Module, Contains Broadcom BCM4359, IEEE802.11ac, 2.4GHz/5GHz, Bluetooth 4.2 – MFG: SAMSUNG ELECTRO-MECHANICS
  • 8-Layer, Rigid/Flex Hybrid, FR4/Kapton, 1+6+1, Lead-Free – MFG: SIFLEX CO. LTD

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