Exploded View and Teardown of the Samsung Galaxy Note

Posted on Jan 31 2012 - 6:12pm by Brian

The Samsung Galaxy Note is taking the world by storm as a 5.3-inch, tablet/phone hybrid with pen and paper capabilities. If you’ve been wondering what kind of hardware powers this curious beast, you’re in luck for Samsung has done a full tear down of the Note.

Let’s go over some of the key features that the Galaxy Note brings to the mobile device table.

1. S Pen

Unique to the Galaxy Note is the Wacom digitizer and S pen. Using electromagnetic induction technology, the S Pen, allows users to write on the Note’s screen with pressure sensitivity equal to that of a regular pen. What’s more, the input on teh screen is pressure sensitive thus allowing the seemless recreation of handwriting.


The 5.29-inch HD Super Amoled display is combined a touchscreen panel (TSP).

3. Digitzer

The digitizer is the layer of screen that interacts with the S-Pen to sense the pen tip’s location/pressure and maps it accurately.

4. Bracket/Chassis

The chassis is the skeleton that holds all the components of the Galaxy Note together. The display and PCB are attached to the bracket and also has a cavity for the battery.

5. Main PCB/Motherboard

The mainboard is composed of more than 1000 integrated parts and is a miraculous composition that has been arranged by Samsung’s engineers. The big blue mainboard houses the following components:

  • Accelerometer
  • Gyroscope
  • Proximity sensor
  • Light sensor
  • Bluetooth/WiFi
  • NFC
  • Wacom digitizer controller
  • Rear and front-facing camera
  • 16GB of internal memory
  • LTE Radio
  • 1.5GHz dual-core CPU

Via Samsung Tomorrow

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