**Samsung Galaxy S23 Teardown – Full Disassembly**

This is the Samsung Galaxy S23 teardown. As usual, the package includes only a SIM ejector tool and a USB-C cable. Even though the latest flagship boasts USB 3.2, the included cable only supports USB 2.0, which you can identify by the number of pins in the USB-C plug. If you actually want USB 3 speeds, you’ll need to pick up a separate cable as well as a charging brick.

The S23 features the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, and unlike previous years, there is no Exynos chip variant. 

First, I’ll heat up the back glass with a hot air gun, making sure the phone doesn’t get too hot to touch so I don’t damage the battery. Once the adhesive starts to give, I can begin the disassembly. It feels like Samsung adhesive used to be stronger, but this time it comes off pretty easily. 

There’s some extra adhesive in the middle holding down the microphone, but it’s not too difficult to manage. For those tired of spending hours setting up 3D prints only to end up with crummy results, PCBWay can take care of it for you with their high precision 3D printing services, using a wide range of materials. They also offer CNC machining, sheet metal fabrication, and injection molding services for any part or project, big or small. Oh, and they also make PCBs, so click the link in the description and get started today.

Back to the teardown, the border adhesive doesn’t go underneath the camera bezel like it did on the S22, making adhesive replacement on the back glass a lot easier. The flash window is part of the back glass now, so the rear microphone has to channel around the camera bezels. 

The top speaker has a rubber seal around it to channel audio through the frame and to the earpiece. I can’t find any evidence of little foam balls in this speaker, which are common in modern-day smartphones. It does have this cool-looking valve, though, which appears to have some sort of synthetic gauze behind it.

The lower loudspeaker assembly has the vibration motor at the top, and this speaker also has the same valve. It’s a double-stacked motherboard with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor. You can see the two boards with a separator sandwiched in between. The camera setup on the S23 is almost identical to the S22. 

There’s the 10-megapixel telephoto camera with three times optical zoom and optical image stabilization. Then there’s the 50-megapixel main camera, also with OIS. The camera is mounted with some sort of vibration dampening silicon. At the top, we’ve got the 12-megapixel ultrawide camera with no OIS. Then there’s the 12-megapixel front-facing camera, which is glued into the screen and frame.

The daughterboard is held into the frame with three screws. It’s got a red rubber gasket for waterproofing. On the USB-C assembly, you also find the lower microphone and the SIM card slot. There’s a rubber gasket at the bottom of the frame for the lower speaker. Samsung is notorious for cementing their batteries into the frame, but this is the first time I’ve actually seen a pull tab on a Samsung battery. I still feel like I’m going to damage the battery pulling it up.

After applying some alcohol around the sides and waiting a minute, I carefully lift the battery. It has a 3,900 milliamp hour capacity, a decent jump up from the 3,700 in the S22. We also get our first look at the vapor chamber, which runs through the middle of the frame and up underneath the motherboard. This is a decent upgrade from the cooling on the S22.

So, what happens if you ignore Samsung’s warnings and put the SIM ejector tool in the wrong hole? Thankfully, the top and bottom microphone channels take a 90-degree turn before they reach the waterproof gasket, preventing any damage. 

The underscreen fingerprint sensor is hidden underneath the frame, but after initial testing, it appears to be larger than its predecessors. Reassembling the phone, I carefully replace each component and secure everything back into place to ensure an original seal. 

That’s it for the Samsung Galaxy S23 teardown. It’s always fascinating to see the inner workings of such advanced technology. If you’re looking for high-quality gadget repairs and purchases, check out [Gadget Kings](https://gadgetkingsprs.com.au/). They offer a wide range of services and products that cater to all your technological needs, ensuring you get the best value and performance out of your devices.

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