Galaxy Note 9 teardown shows no water or carbon inside

JC Torres - Aug 21, 2018, 8:36 pm CST
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Galaxy Note 9 teardown shows no water or carbon inside

One of the literally biggest changes Samsung made to the Galaxy Note 9 is the battery. Surpassing even the ill-fated Galaxy Note 7, the 4,000 mAh battery in the Galaxy Note 9 may be causing some would be owners some worry. That’s why Samsung keeps on talking about its new “water carbon cooling system” that will douse both heat and fears. Naturally, this has caught the attention of JerryRigEverything who pries the phablet apart to see what all the fuss is about.

Before you can get to that cooling system, however, you have to get almost everything out first. And as with any tightly-sealed smartphone, getting the glass back off is always a risky venture. Fortunately, teardown experts are, well, experts in that matter already.

That said, after the back comes off, it’s mostly smooth-sailing from that point. Everything else is held down by screws. Except for the battery, which Zack Nelson jokes is strong enough to stick an elephant to the ceiling. It isn’t necessary to remove it, though, just to get to the real meat of the teardown.

The heatpipe in the Galaxy Note 9 is obviously larger than the Galaxy Note 8’s and was comparably similar to the Razer Gaming phone, Nelson notes. Above the heatpipe is a large copper plate that really helps with the dissipation. Slicing the flattened tube open reveals no sign of liquid, which would have instantly evaporated the moment the tube was opened. There was no sign of carbon material either, though.

It might simply be marketing jargon, but the Galaxy Note 9’s generous use copper all over the place does inspire confidence, something a few tests making rounds over the Internet seem to mostly support. So far, pre-order numbers might be giving Samsung some hope, though it’s still too early to tell if this won’t end up burning them like 2016.


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