Samsung’s Note 8 is an incredibly important phone for the company. It comes after the Note 7, which was pulled from the market after numerous reports of its battery overheating and, sometimes, catching fire.
So seeing the new phone from the inside, courtesy of iFixit’s latest teardown, is a good way to inspect all the ways in which Samsung made sure that won’t happen again.
Samsung used a relatively small, 3,300mAh battery for the 6.3-inch Note 8, offering 6% less capacity than Note 7’s flame-prone, 3,500mAh battery. This is still an improvement, though, from Samsung’s revived Note 7 Fan Edition, which had an even smaller battery than the original Note 7. The Note 8’s battery is also centrally positioned on the phone, which is different from the Note 7, where the battery was on the the phone’s right side. We’re not sure if this makes any difference, safety-wise.
Other than that, iFixit notes that the inner design of the Note 8 has more in common with the Galaxy S8 than its predecessor, which is probably a good thing, since there were no widely reported problems with the S8.
The detailed teardown will also give you a look at the Note 8’s four cameras — yes, four, since the device’s iris scanner is technically also a camera — as well as the other side of Samsung’s most advanced phone display yet.
While the Samsung Note 8 isn’t easy to open or repair, some parts (including the battery) can be replaced, so the device scored a solid 4 (out of 10) on iFixit’s repairability scale. Not bad for a phone that’s basically all screen on the front.