Samsung Galaxy S7 Active gets the teardown treatment

Samsung Galaxy S7 Active gets the teardown treatment
Samsung Galaxy S7 Active gets the teardown treatment
The Galaxy S7 Active is a tough smartphone built for a physically demanding outdoor life. Chipworks has opened up the smartphone to see what makes it tick and how it differs from the Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge.

The engineers at Chipworks have taken in the new Galaxy S7 Active for an intimate teardown. What they found was a design that borrows heavily from the flagship Galaxy S7 series including a dust- and water-resistant chassis while simultaneously incorporating new features like an "unbreakable" display and a thick rubber covering around the housing.

Other findings from the teardown include an interior design that is virtually identical to the Galaxy S7 Edge. Unsurprisingly, Samsung is providing the display panel, but the display controller itself is from STMicroelectronics (STMFT9CE) instead. Further details on the teardown can be found on the source page below.

The Galaxy S7 Active is available in the U.S. through AT&T for about $700 USD and carries an even higher capacity battery than both the Galaxy S7 (3000 mAh) and S7 Edge (3600 mAh) at 4000 mAh. The smartphone is MIL-STD-810G certified with a 5.1-inch QHD (2560 x 1440) resolution display that can be dropped from up to 1.5 meters without internal damages.


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Ronald Tiefenthäler/ Allen Ngo, 2016-07-14 (Update: 2016-07-14)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.