iFixit teardown of Note 7 Fan Edition reveals it is almost identical to the original

By midian182 · 12 replies
Jul 14, 2017
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  1. The Galaxy Note 7 was a disaster on an epic scale, one that would have ruined smaller companies who don’t have the resources of Samsung. But before the first reports of unexplained fires started arriving, the phone was getting rave reviews – many called it the best Android device on the market at the time.

    In February, reports arrived claiming Samsung was planning to sell refurbished versions of the combustible handset, only without the battery issues that plagued the original (and replacement) Note 7s. These new versions, which are currently only available in South Korea, are called the Galaxy Note Fan Edition, somewhat ironically.

    Samsung said the new Note 7s feature “upgraded components,” and thanks to iFixit performing one of its famous teardowns, we now know exactly what’s changed: not a lot, it turns out.

    The main difference is, obviously, the battery. The Fan Edition’s is 9 percent smaller than the original’s and has a 12.32 Wh (3200mAh) capacity compared to the previous 13.48 Wh (3500mAh). The overall size is also slightly smaller and it is 2.3 grams lighter.

    "Beyond batteries, we've got exactly the same phone: no evidence of the rumored processor bumps, and no surprises," writes iFixit.

    There are also some subtle changes to the antenna pattern, which may be related to compatibility for Korean networks. The site gives it a 4/10 repairability score, noting that the glass on the front and back, along with the strong adhesive on the rear, mean it’s a difficult phone to fix.

    Samsung plans to sell just 400,000 Fan Editions in South Korea, but it hasn’t ruled out expanding to other markets. The handset costs just under 700,000 won (roughly $616).

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  2. Cal Jeffrey

    Cal Jeffrey TS Maniac Posts: 404   +116

    I didn't figure they would change anything other than the battery. After all, they manufactured 2.5 million of the things. Only about a million had been sold at the time of recall. So what do you do with 1.5 million unboxed Note 7s and another who knows how many you got back from the recall? Replace the battery and try again sounds like a plan, but marketing it as having upgraded components sounds deceptive. Maybe Korea has different laws regarding false advertisement?
     
  3. Nobina

    Nobina TS Evangelist Posts: 1,193   +682

    Thought they added a fan in the phone.
     
  4. Greg S

    Greg S TechSpot Staff Posts: 874   +421

    I just look at this and want the days of $500-$600 flagships to be back. I don't want to pay $700+ for a phone.
     
  5. Eric Mozzone

    Eric Mozzone TS Member Posts: 20   +17

    Sucks that all that research and development goes into the hardware and it gets ruined by running android os.

    The phone will be amazing, best phone you have ever had runs like butter. No freezing, no lag, bandwidth feels great! I will own this phone for ever and never have to upgrade! The $800 price (or w/e) is definitely worth it!

    In 6 months the updates will stop coming in and your phone is going to start feeling slow. By that time they have announced the next new phone and the thought of upgrading is starting to sound good to you now, isn't it?

    Used Android phones for almost 10 years now. It's the same rinse and repeat marketing scam.
     
  6. amstech

    amstech IT Overlord Posts: 1,779   +944

    I've had very little slowdown with my Android OS phones and tablets over several years of use. My S4 was just as fast 3 years later when I finally upgraded to an S5, and that was just as fast 18 months later when I got a deal on my S6.

    That being said I don't download trashy apps and games, load my phone up with useless junk and watch things I shouldn't. I just browse, play a few supercell games and send gooch pics to my lady friend.
     
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  7. Kenrick

    Kenrick TS Evangelist Posts: 439   +280

    Title should be :

    New Bomb Update - iFixit teardown of Note 7 Fan Edition reveals it is almost identical to the original
     
  8. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 2,948   +1,637

    The uranium bomb was "almost" identical to the plutonium bomb ...... but oh what a feeling!
     
  9. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,280   +3,065

    Inflation, inflation... or so they say but hey, these titan conglomerate execs need some valid excuse to maintain their lavish, excessive, opulent lifestyles. Telling consumers the real truth ain't gonna sit too well with them.
     
  10. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,197   +841

    Does it or does it not contain a new battery? If "not exploding" as a result of the upgraded components is not good enough to qualify as upgraded, I don't know what would...
     
  11. Trillionsin

    Trillionsin TS Evangelist Posts: 1,557   +236

    I wouldn't refer to it as an upgrade though. More of a downgrade for stability. It's a smaller battery. So, well... if that's not a down grade, literally, then I don't know what is. :p
     
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  12. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,197   +841

    How is a non-exploding device a downgrade? I do not know... it seems my book is twisted...
     
  13. Trillionsin

    Trillionsin TS Evangelist Posts: 1,557   +236

    Anything lesser than what was in it would be a downgrade. Whether it's explosive or not is beside the point. In your point of view having a phone that has the potential of exploding is worse than having a reliable phone. No phone would be a downgrade to having a phone. I see your point. I'm just being technical.

    Imagine for a moment the phone never had an issue. Then they tell you they are putting smaller batteries in your phone (for some BS excuse of a reason) and people would blow their tops about how ridiculous that would be, and how Samsung is downgrading their batteries in their phones for (again, whatever BS reason except for exploding.) lol

    ....could be considered an upgrade. Lighter is usually perceived as better. Not that anyone would really notice this in hand.
     

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