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Samsung Galaxy S10 Teardown Reveals Thick Copper Pipe, Ultrasonic In-Display Fingerprint Scanner

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Samsung Galaxy S10 Teardown Reveals Thick Copper Pipe, Ultrasonic In-Display Fingerprint Scanner

Photo Credit: YouTube/ JerryRigEverything

  • Samsung Galaxy S10 teardown reveals ultrasonic fingerprint scanner
  • It has a thicker copper pipe compared to the Galaxy S9
  • The fingerprint scanner is glued to the display

Samsung launched three new smartphones ahead of MWC 2019, the Samsung Galaxy S10e, Samsung Galaxy S10, and Samsung Galaxy S10+. These smartphones are powered by Samsung's most powerful Exynos 9820 SoC and has multiple RAM and storage variants. We have already seen a parts teardown of the flagship Galaxy S10+ that provided an estimated bill of materials and also provided a clear view at the all-new ultrasonic fingerprint scanner that Samsung has used instead of the optical in-display fingerprint scanner that other manufacturers have used. Now a teardown of its smaller sibling, the Samsung Galaxy S10 has surfaced.

Popular YouTuber JerryRigEverything performed a teardown of the Samsung Galaxy S10 teardown. After using a heat gun to heat the real glass panel up, the YouTuber opened the device up with the help of a razor blade revealing the internals of the Galaxy S10.

The wireless charging mechanism, which helps the Samsung Galaxy S10 charge wirelessly as well as charge other devices wirelessly using the new Wireless PowerShare feature, is visible. The wireless charging pad hasn't changed too much and does not have any special hardware.


After removing the motherboard from the frame of the phone, a copper heat pipe is visible. The copper pipe is quite wide and is significantly thicker than the one seen in last year's flagship, Galaxy S9. The heat pipe has copper strands inside it which help the liquid inside the heat pipe wick from one end to the other to transfer heat.

When the selfie camera is removed, one can see right through the hole-punch display. Once the display was separated from the frame, the ultrasonic fingerprint scanner is visible. It seems that the ultrasonic fingerprint scanner is glued to the display and cannot be separated for replacement. The area around the in-display ultrasonic fingerprint scanner is transparent and is only visible when light is shining on it from behind.

JerryRigEverything also did a durability test of the Samsung Galaxy S10 which revealed that minor scratches don't make a difference to the in-display ultrasonic fingerprint scanner but deep grooves do.

Is Samsung Galaxy S10+ the best Android flagship overall? Are Samsung Galaxy Buds the best truly wireless headphones in India? We discussed these things on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.

  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery Life
  • Camera
  • Value for Money
  • Good
  • Sturdy and compact
  • Very good cameras
  • Powerful SoC
  • Bad
  • Gets warm under heavy load
  • Hole-punch design might not appeal to everyone
ProcessorSamsung Exynos 9820
Front Camera10-megapixel
Rear Camera12-megapixel + 12-megapixel + 16-megapixel
Battery Capacity3400mAh
OSAndroid 9.0

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Aditya Shenoy

Aditya has been reviewing gadgets for over 5 years now and began his career reviewing smartphones. He began reviewing smartwatches when Android Wear was a thing and continues to review fitness wearables. An audiophile, he also reviews audio products every now and then. While reviewing smartphones keeps him busy during the week, he loves to unwind by going on long drives over the weekends. A thorough petrolhead who loves technology and can talk about bhp and GHz all day long.

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