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First Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 teardown video reveals some of the foldable smartphone's secrets

The Galaxy Z Fold 3 has already been disassembled, even though it has not started shipping yet. (Image source: Samsung)
The Galaxy Z Fold 3 has already been disassembled, even though it has not started shipping yet. (Image source: Samsung)
The first teardown video of the Galaxy Z Fold 3 has appeared online, showcasing some of the changes that Samsung has made this year. Sadly, the foldable smartphone remains as tricky to repair as its predecessor.

PBK Reviews has beaten iFixit and JerryRigEverything to the punch by disassembling the Galaxy Z Fold 3, one of two foldables that Samsung has announced this month. While not a complete teardown of the device, the video still offers some insights into its inner workings.

On the one hand, the video shows how Samsung has integrated the under-panel camera, which attaches to the mainboard via a flex cable. There does not appear to be anything special about the camera itself, but there is an octagonal shape cut out of the screen, through which the camera can capture images. Additionally, the hole in the display is clearly visible with no camera behind it.

On the other hand, PBK Reviews highlights how many graphite cooling pads Samsung has used to mitigate excess heat. The  teardown video also shows the rubber gaskets that help waterproof the Galaxy Z Fold 3. Unfortunately, Samsung continues to refrain from installing battery pull tabs, which is a shame. Instead, PBK Reviews resorted to using isopropyl alcohol to soften the adhesive securing the two batteries to the device.

In short, disassembling the Galaxy Z Fold 3 is just as difficult as its predecessor. Ultimately, we would not recommend taking your Galaxy Z Fold 3 apart unless you plenty of patience and experience of doing so.

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Alex Alderson, 2021-08-18 (Update: 2021-08-18)