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iFixit Tears Down Samsung’s Beautiful New Galaxy Alpha

by Brandon Russell | October 2, 2014October 2, 2014 8:00 pm PDT

Interested in taking a look at the Galaxy Alpha’s guts? The gadget surgeons over at iFixit have torn the device apart, revealing the innards of Samsung’s most beautiful phone. That premium design apparently comes at the cost of an average reparability score. Unless you have experience taking electronics apart, you’re going to want to leave fixing the Galaxy Alpha to the professionals.

The Galaxy Alpha doesn’t feature any major surprises. Since the back cover can easily be removed, the battery is super easy to replace—that’s always been a strength of Samsung’s. However, if you plan on replacing any of the other parts, you’ll have to get past the Alpha’s display, which is apparently held in place with a generous amount of adhesive. In other words, there’s a pretty good chance you’ll crack the thin glass while attempting to remove it.

However, once the screen is removed, iFixit says a lot of the modular parts—cameras, power button switch, vibrator motor, etc.—are fairly easy to replace. A reparability score of five out of ten isn’t horrible, but it’s not great, either. Why would you want to take apart such a beautiful object anyway?

As a quick refresher, the Galaxy Alpha includes a 4.7-inch 720p display, 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of non-expandable storage, 1860mAh battery and a 12-megapixel camera. We’ll have our review of the Alpha up soon.


Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...