Content Review iPhone X from iFixit

Sales of iPhone X started in some parts of the world today, and iFixit have already disassembled the smartphone and told what is inside it.

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The phone opens from the side like iPhone 7 and iPhone 8.

According to iFixit, the internals of iPhone X are the most compact compared to all the phones they've disassembled. The motherboard is smaller and the smartphone logic board is more compact than the board Apple Watch.

To free up more space for the battery and Face ID sensors, Apple cut the logic board in half and layered its parts. The disadvantage of this design is that repairing the phone will become much more difficult, and in some cases even unrealistic.

Content Review iPhone X from iFixit

'The logic board of the first iPhone is the most similar to the logic board iPhone X,' write iFixit. When folded, it takes up approximately 70% of the logic board iPhone 8 Plus.

If expanded, it will be 55% more than the iPhone 8 Plus board.

The following chips were found in the logic board:

  • Apple APL1W72 A11 Bionic SoC over SK Hynix H9HKNNNDBMAUUR 3 GB LPDDR4x RAM
  • Apple 338S00341-B1
  • TI 78AVZ81
  • NXP 1612A1 – most likely analogue of 1610 tristar IC
  • Audio codec Apple 338S00248
  • STB600B0
  • Power Management IC Apple 338S00306
  • Apple USI 170821 339S00397 WiFi / module Bluetooth
  • Qualcomm WTR5975 LTE Transceiver
  • Qualcomm MDM9655 Snapdragon X16 LTE Modem and PMD9655 PMIC
  • Power amplifier Skyworks 78140-22, SKY77366-17, S770 6662, 3760 5418 1736
  • Broadcom BCM15951 touch controller
  • NXP 80V18 PN80V module NFC
  • Broadcom AFEM-8072 MMMB Power Amplifier
  • Toshiba TSB3234X68354TWNA1 64GB Memory Drive
  • Sound amplifier Apple / Cirrus Logic 338S00296

This board fits a lot.

'Logic board iPhone X is the first board in two layers since the very first iPhone'.

Content Review iPhone X from iFixit

To make room for additional sensors on the front camera, the speaker for calls was moved lower and slightly changed so that the sound now comes from the entire display.

For the first time Apple added a 2 cell battery to iPhone to save more space. The 2716mAh, 3.81V battery can match the iPhone 8 Plus, but not the Galaxy Note 8.

Content Review iPhone X from iFixit

At the top is the most complex set of elements: speaker, microphone, ambient light sensor, stream light and proximity sensor.

The dual main camera is protected by foam and a brace that 'looks like it could provide extra protection'.

Content Review iPhone X from iFixit

From left to right: spotlight, front and infrared camera.

OLED – The panel is 5.8 inches diagonally, and also has a resolution of 2.436-by-1.125 pixels (458 ppi). 'Since Apple used the OLED – display, it will now cost more to repair it than before.'

It's true. According to the company itself, it costs $ 249 to fix the iPhone X screen and $ 549 to fix other damage.

Content Review iPhone X from iFixit

In other words, you should never drop iPhone X.

The taptic slider and barometric vent are at the bottom. The engine remains the same as in previous models, and the Lightning connector is secured by a wider bracket that attaches to the edges of the case.

Content Review iPhone X from iFixit

Qi standard inductive charging coil.

The familiar markings have been removed from the rear iPhone X, including the 'e-waste' symbol. This is possible thanks to the act that allows all symbols to be displayed on the screen.

In terms of ease of fixing iPhone X, iFixit gave it six out of ten points.

Content Review iPhone X from iFixit

'As with iPhone 8, iPhone X prioritizes battery and screen replacement, but it loses points for the lack of modularity and the procedure for replacing the glass back case,' writes iFixit.

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