Galaxy S10 triple-camera, image: ifixit

Gadget repair site ifixit has torn down the new Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10e smartphones, allowing us to get a closer look at the devices camera modules.

The S10 comes with the same main triple-camera as the S10+, featuring a 12MP primary module with 1/2.55" sensor, 26mm equivalent focal length and a variable f/1.5-2.4 aperture. A 12MP tele lens comes with a 52mm equivalent focal length and F2.4 aperture lens in front of a 1/3.6" sensor and the 16MP super-wide-angle has an equoivalent focal length of 12mm. S10e has to make do without the tele lens.

Galaxy S10 fron and main cameras (left) next to the equivalent S10e components, image: ifixit

In the teardown we get a close look at the triple-module which is encased in a yellow ABS or nylon plastic frame. Both tele and main camera come with optical image stabilization. ifixit says any further teardown of the camera components would have been too destructive but an X-ray image of the tele-camera shows the sensor and OIS electromagnets.

If you are thinking about repairing your S10 - camera or other components - yourself, you should probably think twice. ifixit gave the S10 a fairly low 3/10 repairability score. The good news is that a single Phillips driver takes care of all the screws and many components are modular and can be replaced independently but the charging port soldered to the main board and battery replacement is quite difficult.

X-ray of the Galaxy S10 tele-camera, image: ifixit

The ifixit team also says that glued-down glass at both front and back of the device increases the risk of breakage and makes any repairs more difficult to start with. Head over to ifixit.com for the full report.


Images used with permission from ifixit