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Galaxy A50 Teardown! – Did something crack inside?


I’d like to thank everyone who’s back again
to check on our colorful chameleon buddy. He’s doing great, thanks for asking. Today we’re going to perform an autopsy on
Samsung’s budget phone – the Galaxy A50. Maybe we’ll see what snapped inside during
the durability test. And maybe we’ll see what makes this phone
so inexpensive once we get all up inside. Let’s get started. [Intro] With no visible screws holding this kaleidoscope
together, we’re going to jump into the tried and true method of heating up the back panel
to pull it off. Being a cold blooded reptile, I’m sure the
chameleon is going to love the heat. You can see the colors start to warp a bit
with my heat gun. I’ll stick a suction cup on the back and lift
up while prying between the frame and the plastic with my razor blade. Once again, making this the trippiest cellphone
teardown yet with how flexi the back panel is. No complaints here. Turns out though that direct heat starts fracturing
the colored part underneath the panel. This makes our reptilian friend look much
older than he actually is. Fun fact: some chameleons can live to be 10
years old. The nice thing about having a plastic back
on a cell phone is that we don’t need to worry about the panel shattering into little glass
shards. This thing is as flexi as they can get. And I can basically just peel it right off. The A50 has one of the most fool-proof designs
we’ve come across this year. Making plastic phone panels this colorful
is a real game changer. The A50 isn’t the same old boring single colored
plastic panel that we’re used to seeing on budget phones. This is next level. Flagship imitation type stuff. And it’s surprisingly simple. [Scratching sounds] Taking my razor blade
to the back we can see that the color layer scrapes off – just like what we would see
on a glass panel. The main structure is a clear acrylic and
then the color is added to the underside. Manufacturing a clear plastic phone is a real
possibility. The only problem with making a clear phone
after the fact is since my razor blade is a Mohs 5 and the plastic is a Mohs 3, the
panel would be totally obliterated with deeper grooves by the time I was done scraping off
all the color. Would you ever buy a clear phone or do you
prefer the more colorful psychedelic backs? Or are you the type of person that just wants
a single solid color? Let me know down in the comments. Let’s see what else this phone has to offer. There are 13 normal Philips head screws holding
down the back plastic panel. And you would think at this point with all
the screws removed that the back panel would just come off, but nope, it’s trickier than
that. The back internal plastics are connected with
the sides of the phone in one solid piece that very snugly hugs the device. The sides of this plastic layer popping away
from the screen is probably the snap we heard during the durability test, since we haven’t
seen any broken screw holes or any internal cracks to far. Finally, since I definitely remembered to
take out the SIM card tray at the beginning, the back and side plastics lift off from the
screen, revealing the fairly exposed loudspeaker and the metal side button bracket that rests
inside the plastic edge of the phone. Now let’s take a look at the phone guts. I’ll unplug the battery connector, it just
unsnaps like a little Lego. And then I can move over to the long extension
ribbons which also unplug like little Legos. Both of which have little arrows pointed up
towards the main board just in case we get lost while we’re in here. Down at the bottom we have two little screws
holding in the optical fingerprint scanner. This is one of those good types of sensors
with a lens on it. The sensor we saw inside of the Nokia 9 was
one of the slower first generation under screen scanners that didn’t have a lens, and they
just aren’t as quick without it. The charging port board is down here as well
glued into the backside of the screen. It has a water damage indicator on the back,
along with a USB-C and a headphone jack. Samsung has always been Team Headphone Jack
since the beginning. Well…they were Team Headphone Jack…I’m
not quite ready to talk about it yet. The main board was pretty difficult to find
without, you know, the arrows, but I managed. It has a black Phillips head screw holding
down the bottom right corner. Then I can unclip this center selfie camera,
25 megapixels. And then the main board can come away from
the phone. There are no heat pipes but we do have 3 different
cameras. A top 5 megapixel depth sensor, then the 25
megapixel main camera, and an 8 megapixel ultra wide. None of which have optical image stabilization. But hey, the phone is less than $300 brand
new, so we can cut Samsung some slack. One thing we can’t cut Samsung slack for though
is what’s underneath this battery. Or better, what’s not under the battery. Samsung has once again left off the battery
pull tabs, making safe battery replacements near impossible. It’s pretty ridiculous. Not only can the user not replace their own
battery, but recycling the phone at the end of it’s life is also much more difficult. I mean, look at all this gunk. Battery pull tabs cost literal pennies, and
Samsung has to go at this gooey spider web. I have to say it though, if you’re currently
trying to decide between two different phones, buy the phone with a replaceable battery and
skip this A50. The way this battery is now bulging is very
unsafe and we all know what happens when batteries get bent or punctured. I’ll drop the main board back into place with
it’s red wire cable. And I can get the top camera set into it’s
slot, and the bottom fingerprint scanner put down inside it’s little hole. Don’t get me wrong, I think the A50 is a great
durable phone. But permanent battery adhesive is completely
unnecessary when safe alternatives exist that are basically the same price. I’ll get the long extension ribbons clipped
in – mostly just to help us remember which side of the phone is up. And the compromised battery gets plugged in
last before the plastics get set down. The internal plastics include the side volume
and power buttons, so they’re pretty important. You can hear the same loud cracking noise
we heard during the bend test. And would you look at that – the phone still
turns on. I like what Samsung is doing. A cheap powerful phone for the masses that
still looks really good. And if Samsung skipped the permanent adhesive
underneath the battery, it would be an A+, 10 out of 10, 5 star creation. But that permanent battery adhesive is holding
it back. Either way, hit that subscribe button if you
haven’t already. We have the Galaxy Note 10 coming up soon. Come hang out with me on Instagram and Twitter. And thanks a ton for watching. I’ll see you around.

100 thoughts on “Galaxy A50 Teardown! – Did something crack inside?

  1. You can do a mere A50 tear down, but not of the regular ONEPLUS 7 sold in India, which most of the population is buying

  2. Why would you get this when you can get the vastly superior Xiaomi Mi 9T for the same price? Performs way better, doesn't have a notch, has higher charging speeds, a more energy efficient SoC, and it can shoot 4k video.

  3. You're making way to big of a deal about the battery adhesive. most people will never have to replace the battery, and if they do who cares if they destroy it taking it out? .its already trash…

  4. I am a clear or solid color person. The only multi colored phone I really like by samsung is the s10 plus in the white color. I chose black though with my s10.

  5. I think the front cameras for phones should be under the screen but not covered up so the galaxy phone has the true black mess where the black part of the phones the screen is off so for the front camera they should just turn off that part of the screen when the camera app is open to get a photo the led will get in the way but I think it would still be pretty cool

  6. Hi Zack u always blaming no magic tape on battery and bending battery… But don't you think if someone wants to replace battery that means battery already dead who cares there are magic tapes or bending battery 🙂

  7. Hi JigRigEverything, please teardown the Galaxy Note 10+ and tell us if its made of 'Aluminum or Stainless Steel or other metal'.. Overall, your videos are awesome!.. Thanks.

  8. I love the colors. For me the rainbow effect is a little much. I have an s10+ in prism white and love the opal look.

  9. Rip apart that note 10 and prove us right that Samsung lied to us by saying they took away headphone jack cuz of no space. Asus Rog has 2 headphone jack even though it has biggest battery.

  10. Hey Zack, great video and a good point about the permanent battery. Why don’t you replace the permanent adhesive during the tear downs with magic pull-tabs? It cost pennies and it will give an example on how easy it is to do it. People who repair phones might follow the lead and this info might get to the companies manufacturing the phones.
    Thanks)

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