iFixit dives into Samsung Galaxy Note Fan Edition without setting it off Spoiler: It didn’t go off!
The folks over at iFixit have ripped apart the Galaxy Note 7 yet again, this time the refurbished model, dubbed the Fan edition. After the whole Note 7 fiasco and the subsequent recall, Samsung managed to fix the existential problem of the smartphone and re-manufacture around 400,000 Note 7s under the acronym “Fan Edition”. However, there’s a certain complication if you want to get your hands on the Fan Edition of the Note 7. It’s only available in South Korea and with the Note 8’s launch on the horizon, it's unlikely that Samsung launches it anywhere else. 1/2 The teardown Samsung modified the battery problem of the Note 7 by replacing it with a new 12.32 Wh unit which holds 3,200 mAh of juice for the smartphone. The earlier Note 7 came with a larger 3,500 mAh battery capacity. But that’s not the end of the changes, the iFixit teardown reveals that the battery in this new version of the smartphone is, in fact, smaller in physical size as well. The Fan Edition ditches around 9 percent of the capacity which makes it safe to use again.
One of the reasons why the whole Note 7 episode happened was because of the fact that Samsung crammed in a high capacity battery ignoring the actual space available for assembling it. This, in turn, caused the battery to heat up and swell thereby catching fire.
iFixit has given the Fan Edition a repairability rating of 4 out of 10 which happens to be the same score, they gave to the OG Note 7.
Image Credits: iFixit 2/2 Samsung Galaxy Note Fan Edition specs The iFixit teardown also revealed that except the battery nothing had been modified in the smartphone. The Note 7 Fan Edition comes with the same 5.7-inch Super AMOLED curved, QHD (2560x1440 pixels) display protected with a layering of Gorilla Glass 5.
Under the hood, the smartphone rocks the company’s homegrown Exynos 8890 octa-core processor backed by 4GB of RAM and a MALI-T880 MP12 GPU. There’s 64GB onboard storage available on the phone, which can further be expanded up to 256GB via microSD card.
Then there are the awesome 12-megapixel, f/1.7 aperture rear and a 5-megapixel front-facing cameras. The front houses the Iris scanner and the fingerprint sensor along with the SPen being tucked at the bottom, adjacent to the USB Type-C and the headphone jack.