Samsung Galaxy Note series smartphone is really popular when it’s born. And this year 2015, Samsung pushed Galaxy Note 5 out with high specifications and new out appearance. The hardware including 5.7″ Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16 MP camera, Exynos 7420 chipset and so on makes it’s much more excellent. Next, we will show the most complete teardown of Samsung Galaxy Note 5, which for leading you to know more about that device and about Samsung Galaxy Note 5 repair.
Let’s start the trip of Samsung Galaxy Note 5 disassembly now! The repair tools should be prepared in advance such as heat gun, suction cup, guitar picks, Phillips screwdriver, tweezers and spudger and so on.
Step 1. Remove SIM card tray and S Pen. For the reason that we choose Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Duos as example, so you can find the SIM card tray comes with two slots. As for the S Pen, just push and pop it out easily.
Step 2. Remove back cover. Same with Galaxy S6 design, Note 5 applies the mirroring glass back cover, too. Much more attractive and beautiful! And It’s sealed by strong adhesive sticker, not only clips anymore, so we can’t replace the back cover easily any more, we can’t take the battery out freely anymore. We have to heat it at first and then cut the adhesive sticker slowly and carefully. If you can’t insert or slide the guitar pick easily, you need more heat.
Step 3. Remove middle housing. Samsung Galaxy Note 5 middle housing is made of aluminum, really hard, strong and durable. Be patient to remove all 20 screws together from back housing at first. Then push the front assembly until it’s out from middle housing. There are a little adhesive around every corner, but it’s not difficult to separate. And we can get the middle housing alone now, it’s comes with power button, volume buttons, NFC&wireless charging film, camera lens and loudspeaker.
Step 4. Remove battery. Yes, Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is non-removable. Release its connector and pry it up from the slot. There is the adhesive underneath but not so strong.
Step 5. Remove signal flex cables. Why cables? That’s Samsung Galaxy Note 5 N9200 version which comes with two pieces of signal flex cables, blue and white. Some other versions Note 5 maybe has only one piece.
Step 6. Remove motherboard. In fact, it’s not difficult to disassemble the motherboard. Release the LCD connector, digitizer connector, earpiece assembly connector and home button flex connector gently at first, and then turn to the back release the USB board connector. And now, the motherboard is free.
Step 7. Disassemble motherboard. Remove rear camera, front camera and noise-canceling MIC. There is a tip for rear camera especially. Samsung Galaxy Note 5 rear camera comes with black plastic bracket around, and we need to remove them together after loosen a little adhesive underlying.
Step 8. Remove motor vibrator. It’s most easy remove. Just the adhesive.
Step 9. Remove earpiece assembly. It’s called assembly for the reason that it’s integrated by earpiece speaker and sensors. Be careful with the flex especially the part stuck on the top side.
Step 10. Remove LCD screen. To be honest, the difficulty and risk to remove Samsung Galaxy Note 5 screen are getting 5 stars (5 scores top). The screen is weak and there is so much strong adhesive. We need a lot heat until we melt the sticker. Don’t use too thick tools, just several pieces of hard papers is okay. Cut all the stickers carefully, slowly even need to spend more time. When deal with the bottom side, there are two soft touch keys underneath, don’t break their flex or you will lose the “Menu” and “Back” buttons forever. Finally, take away the screen really hardly.
Step 11. Remove USB board. The design of Samsung Galaxy Note 5 USB board really brings many difficulties to DIY repair or replacement. Replacing USB board is nearly same with teardown because of its soft touch keys, they are holding down the screen. So we can get the USB board put only after removing LCD screen. That’s the truth, at the risk of breaking screen. Oh, don’t forget the last securing screw on USB board, twist it off, loosen adhesive and remove the USB board successfully.
Step 12. Remove home button. The same theory with USB board replacement, though Samsung Galaxy Note 5 home button is a small part, it’s the most complicated and difficulty one to remove. There, pay attention to the mark on the right of the home button, push the button as the direction and can release it from slot easily. And then loosen the adhesive and remove it.
Step 13. Done. That’s Samsung Galaxy Note 5 complete teardown. What’s more, it’s also the guide to do Samsung Galaxy Note 5 LCD screen replacement, USB board replacement and home button replacement.
That’s all! You can find all Samsung Galaxy Note 5 replacement parts on witrigs if you need any repair. And if you have any problems or questions, Please leave your comments below, thanks!