iFixIt – just a day removed from stripping the Motorola Atrix 4G – have gotten their hands on the Samsung Galaxy S 4G. We’re not sure how interesting you’ll find this considering it’s just a Vibrant with 4G radios inside, but we bit anyway. A few highlights from iFixIt:
* We found a bummer from the get-go: a fairly noticeable gap between the glass front panel and the outer framework. It’d be less of a concern if a cell phone’s primary home is in the pocket of its user, but we like using our phones.
* A cool sliding door keeps the micro-USB port lint-free and somewhat redeems the gap between front panel and framework. You can distract your friends with its cool sliding action.
* Thankfully the rear panel is easily removed, revealing both SIM and microSD card slots, as well as a user-replaceable battery!
* The 3.7V Li-Ion battery inside the Galaxy S 4G lists a capacity of 6.11 Watt-hours, or 1650 mAh. We’re definitely seeing a trend of increased battery life among the last couple of teardowns. The question is whether that increased capacity will net any increased use time, or if all the extra juice will be sucked up by the phones’ extra processing power.
* The compact front and rear facing camera assembly has a NEC MC10170 Image Processor cleverly attached right to its ribbon cable.
We’re really waiting for teardowns of Samsung’s latest products, the Galaxy S II and Tab 10.1. It’ll be fun to see how the internals of tablets compare to one another as offerings from Motorola, LG, and others make their way to the table. Head on over to iFixIt for the full suite.