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Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra Teardown Offers a Wealth of Info on its Internals

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It is very rare that you will get to see the complete internals of a premium smartphone. In the good old days, you used to have replaceable batteries and the SIM cards positioned inside. You had to open the back cover to insert the SIM and to replace batteries. With the non-replaceable batteries and SIM trays accessible from the edges, you have been saved from this trouble too. It is, therefore, a novel experience to see iFixit prise open the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra and examine each part and component back to front.

It’s a Real Teardown Since Many Components Glued to the Base

iFixit has posted a video of the process of dismantling the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra and it clearly shows that it is not for ordinary mortals to take up. It requires a lot of skills and you must be prepared to lose the device itself since you may not be able to put it back together again. iFixit has itself said it is giving a score of 3 out of 10 for repairability of this premium smartphone.

The high level of engineering and designing that have gone into building this smartphone are definitely superior. The commentary takes you through each step of the way, untangling a part or unscrewing a panel. It is noted that Samsung has used the same size Phillips screw throughout. This means one screwdriver will do for all of them. You will, however, need a number of special tools to complete the operation.

Whether it is the rear glass and metal panel or the 5,000mah battery inside, they are held together by a special glue. You will have to deploy a heat gun to melt the glue and pull the part off using mild force. In the absence of these, you will not be able to separate them.

Stunning Arrangement of the Cameras

As the iFixit engineer keeps moving inside the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra, he is highly impressed with the way Samsung has managed to accommodate so much hardware in such a small space inside the phone. Remember, the phone is all of just 8.8mm in thickness. The use of a prism mechanism to bounce the light at a 90-degree angle to the 48MP sensor is another remarkable piece of designing.

In the next stage, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor and the 12GB RAM along with the 5G modem come into view. There is a remark that there are many components in there made by Qualcomm.

The teardown exercise can be of interest to those who wish to know what all hardware goes inside a smartphone, out of curiosity. If you tried doing this yourself, you may end up destroying the phone.

Bogdana Zujic is the editor in chief and Managing editor of Technobezz and Firm Luxury Media. She holds a law degree and certifications in mass media communications. Contact me at [email protected]

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Samsung Galaxy S20 Series Gets the Next Firmware Update

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  • New software update for the Samsung Galaxy S 20 models from Samsung
  • It contains camera improvements and the April security update
  • This is the third update after the release of the devices launched in February 2020

How Many Updates for the Galaxy S20 Models?

Samsung is already sending the second or third firmware update to its Galaxy S20 series flagships launched only in February 2020. Most reviews of the devices have not reported any flaw in the camera system in the Samsung Galaxy S20 or the other two higher models, the Galaxy S20+ and S20 Ultra.

Yet, the first update was said to contain certain improvement features. It was mainly the autofocus function which perhaps some users had complained about and the update was sent. While in some cases the March 2020 Android security update patch was also included, in others, only the security update patch was sent. Now, this software update is claimed to have camera improvement features besides the April 2020 Android security update patch.

For the record, the update version is identified as G98x0ZHU1ATCT. You have the option to manually download this update if you are yet to receive the update on your device.

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The update details in English

Region-Specific Updates?

Observers point out that Samsung has a separate set of software updates for those users of its flagship devices in markets like China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. They are different from the ones found in the software updates sent to the rest of the world. The update now sighted appears to be for these countries looking at the language in it.

It is yet to be confirmed if the same update will go to the other markets in the world or not. Even if it does, it is not clear if the camera improvement feature in this will be there in it or just the April 2020 Android security update. It is possible the Samsung Galaxy S20 devices in China and Hong Kong and Taiwan did not receive the update earlier.

Users in the other regions have to watch out for the update.

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Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018) Receiving Upgrade to Android 10 with One UI2.0

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  • Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018) being upgraded to the Android 10 OS and One UI 2.0 interface
  • The phone has a quad-camera setup in the rear
  • Samsung is upgrading some of the other Galaxy phones too, with Android 10 OS

In a move that can surprise many in the industry, Samsung is upgrading the firmware on its 2018 Galaxy A series smartphones to the Android 10-based One UI 2.0. The latest to receive the upgrade is the Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018). As reported on a few occasions earlier, the South Korean smartphone brand has displayed enthusiasm in providing its devices with software upgrades. This has been seen both in terms of the speed with which the updates have sent OTA as well as the number of devices being covered with the upgrades.

What’s Significant about the Galaxy A9 (2018)?

When you mention Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018), the first thing that comes to your mind is the quad-camera setup in the device. Samsung came out with this in the year 2018. That was the period Samsung was seen to be a little conservative with its Galaxy S series flagships while the Galaxy A series smartphones were more open for the introduction of new hardware and features. Things have changed now with the best and the latest reserved for only the premium offerings.

More Details about this Update

It must be clarified here that Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018), as released for the global market and which is otherwise identified as SM-A920F, is being pushed through with the Android 10 OS and the One UI 2.0. The software version is identified as A920FXXU3CTCD. There are two more variants, one for its local market in South Korea and the other China referred by their codes, SM-A920N and SM-A9200 respectively. These are presumably not receiving the current firmware update in this form at least. The company may send them separately.

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The Frija manual download route for the software update

Interestingly, the Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018), at the time of its release, was loaded with the then ruling OS, the Android Oreo, version 8 along with Samsung Experience 9.0 as the UI. The phone then received the upgrade to the Android Pie version 9.0 last year. This will be the second software upgrade for the device. Most smartphone brands limit the upgrades to two and don’t go beyond that. The only exceptions are Apple’s iPhones and Google’s Pixel range smartphones which upgrade their old models too to the latest firmware versions.

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Samsung Display Will Stop LCD Display Production by the End of 2020

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  • Samsung will not produce LCD panels from 2021 onwards
  • The four lines, two in China and two in S. Korea will be closed by the end of 2020
  • All existing orders will be supplied to the companies

What is the Development?

The company operates 2 liquid crystal display (LCD) panel production lines in South Korea and 2 more in China. These production lines will now be completely shut down and, in their place, Samsung plans to start making the latest technology screens using quantum dot technologies. However, that might not happen immediately as the investment now is to start the quantum dot screens on one of these lines in South Korea.

LCD panels have been going out of fashion for some time. Apple, one of Samsung’s largest customers, had already switched to the OLED panels for their iPhone range except for the budget model. From this year, the expectation is that all iPhone models will sport the OLED panels only. The falling demand could have been one of the major reasons for Samsung’s decision to close down the LCD panel production.

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The OLED panels have virtually pushed the LCD panels out of sight

What about the Orders Already in Hand?

The company has clarified that the actual closing down of the LCD production lines will occur only towards the end of this year and till then whatever orders they have in hand will be produced and supplied. Smartphone companies plan far ahead for their models and the orders for the parts and components are placed months if not years in advance.

What Next?

As indicated, while one set of displays is shifting towards OLED, the others like television screens are turning to quantum dot technology. The construction of this display screen is such that it can emit light in a narrow spectrum and they are not very different from the conventional LCD panels. The quantum tube is an addition and it joins the LED lights in providing the backup to the display.

The report indicates that Samsung is yet to take a call on the future of the two production lines in China which will become idle by the year end. However, it may be the end of the road for LCD display panels, at least on smartphones.

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