Samsung uses lower-grade titanium on the Galaxy S24 Ultra; Teardown video revealed

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This year, Samsung has used titanium instead of aluminum on the frame of the flagship Galaxy S24 Ultra. The South Korean brand's biggest rival Apple has also offered titanium on its latest iPhone 15 Pro series. Recently, YouTuber Jack Nelson of the JerryRigEverything channel took apart the Galaxy S24 Ultra to find out the amount of titanium Samsung used in the phone. The teardown video revealed that Samsung used lower-grade titanium for the frame on the Galaxy S24 Ultra, while Apple treated the iPhone 15 Pro with higher-grade titanium.

Jack Nelson took apart the Galaxy S24 Ultra to find out the exact amount of titanium being used to make the phone in his latest episode of JerryRigEverything. The 11-minute video starts with removing the back panel. The handset has flat glass panels on the front and back and the YouTuber was able to quickly get inside the device with a slice with a knife around the exterior. The interior sees 17 Phillips head screws and below the screws, Samsung has arranged a 15W wireless charger with copper wires. The teardown takes a look at the arrangement of the internal components. The haptic motor is housed inside the lower speaker chamber and the handset appears to have a large copper-like vapor chamber beneath the cell.

As the video progresses, Nelson explains that Samsung has created a thin cosmetic border of titanium around the exterior. He then melts the frame of the phone and an XRF scan reveals that Samsung packed Grade 2 titanium into the phone. In contrast, Apple uses Grade 5 titanium on its latest iPhone 15 models. They claim that a purple anodized aluminum frame fills the majority of the interior space.

The metal of the Galaxy S24 Ultra was put through a 2,000 degree Fahrenheit furnace to separate the materials. The plastic elements quickly burned away while the edge and corner pieces remained. After melting the plastic and aluminum, the YouTuber noted that Samsung performed an over-molding process to create parts around each other with aluminum, plastic, and titanium materials. Apple, on the other hand, has developed a custom solid-state diffusion process that fuses aluminum directly with titanium. The thickness of titanium on the exterior of both phones is roughly the same, but Apple's Grade 5 titanium is almost four times more expensive.

Nelson believes that Apple can use $10-15 (roughly Rs. 800 to Rs. 1,200) worth of materials in each iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max. On the other hand, Samsung may use $3-5 (roughly Rs. 250 to Rs. 400) worth of titanium in the Galaxy S24 Ultra. The additional cost is shaping and molding the metal to work with titanium. The YouTuber says both titanium exteriors are more cosmetic than anything else. Apple may get some minor strength improvements with solid-state diffusion, but with a plastic arbiter, Samsung isn't getting any additional strength.


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