A teardown of the Samsung Galaxy A14 5G has surfaced online, revealing a few unexpected details about the phone’s construction and design. The phone’s back panel conceals a feature we haven’t seen in recent Samsung phones, and this feature will undoubtedly help the device earn a high repairability score.
You can see a closer look at the teardown process in the video below (via PBKreviews), but to save you the time, the Galaxy A14 5G has an adhesive pouch with a pull tab for the battery.
This is significant for Samsung smartphone repairers and DIY enthusiasts, and it represents a significant shift in the company’s design philosophy.
Until now, Samsung had used strong adhesives to fit batteries inside its smartphones, whether they were low-cost or high-end. This made the repair process much more difficult and potentially dangerous, as people had to use heat guns to loosen up the old adhesive before replacing the battery.
This is not an issue for Galaxy A14 5G owners. For the A14’s battery, Samsung used a reusable adhesive pouch, which means that the energy storage unit can be easily removed and replaced without the need for users to apply any adhesive. The Galaxy A14 5G received an 8/10 repairability rating as a result of this change and other characteristics.
The Galaxy A14 5G adheres to Samsung’s 2023 exterior design language, which includes nearly flat edges and a flat back panel with circular cutouts for each rear-facing camera.
Surprisingly, despite its appearance, the Galaxy A14 5G has a unibody, which means that the back panel and the frame are one piece. So, while the phone may resemble the Galaxy S23, it is not built in the same way as the 2023 flagship.
The frame of the Galaxy A14 is flexible and made of the same material as the back panel. The Galaxy S23, on the other hand, should have a metal frame sandwiched between two glass panels.
It remains to be seen whether the Galaxy S23 series (or other Samsung phones released this year) will use the adhesive pouch for the battery. Samsung, on the other hand, has been working to improve repairability and sustainability, and the company may have to make batteries easier to remove in order to comply with EU regulations. As a result, the Galaxy A14 5G may not be the only phone with ditch adhesives for the battery in 2023. Overall, consumers who want to extend the life of their products will benefit from this.