Samsung Galaxy S2 (S II) Teardown Impresses: Looking at Innards

The Samsung Galaxy S2 or S II is arguably the handset of the moment. I say arguably because the Motorola Droid Bionic and Apple iPhone 5 are also commanding a huge amount of attention. The Galaxy S2 though is the only one to be released so far, although not yet in the US, but to keep you going you may want some details about a teardown that has been performed on the Galaxy S2 which reveals a pretty impressive device, just as we thought before it was taken apart.

Of course a device that has already sold 3 million units was hopefully going to be just as notable on the inside and it seems as though the Galaxy S2 lives up to its reputation. This unofficial teardown was brought to our attention by Android Central, sourced from iFixit. As usual with these teardowns we’d recommend you don’t use them as a guide to disassemble your own device but it’s certainly intriguing to take a look at what lies within.

Once we get over the initial cosmetic appearance of the Galaxy S2 the teardown then looks at the innards and one of the first things noticed is the very small speaker, one of the few features of the Galaxy S2 that’s come in for a bit of stick. It was said to be simple to remove the main board and once done the front-facing camera part is revealed along with other components. Later we also see the 8-megapixel rear camera in minute detail which is even smaller than the camera on the iPhone 4. Also shown in minute detail are the first mic, vibrator, cinch plug and earspeaker and then we get to the USB-connection, antenna cable and the metal shield holding the light sensor in position.

Of course it’s always a bonus when devices still work after a teardown and in this case we’re told the phone was still in working order when reassembled. To see more of a step-by-step account check it out the earlier iFixit link. This is not the usual full teardown we see from the iFixit team, although no doubt that is coming later. However it does give us a useful insight into the interior workings of the Galaxy S2. You might also like to look at an alternative teardown details of the Galaxy S2 brought to our attention by Engadget from ABI research here and also here.

You might also be interested in a couple of our most recent Galaxy S2 posts, one that looks at a review of the unlocked Galaxy S2 and another rounding up Galaxy S2 competition. We’d be interested to hear your thoughts on the teardown of the Galaxy S2 so do let us have your comments.