Whenever there's a new piece of mobile hardware, be it a tablet or a smartphone, it's a safe bet the surgical bunch from iFixIt will tear into it and expose the guts. The most recent device on iFixIt's operating table is the Samsung Galaxy S 4G smartphone, which started off looking awfully sexy, but ended up in a pile of parts, a piece of which was set on fire. So what did we learn?
We learned that iFixIt isn't afraid to burn things, but this was in the name of science. The destructive teardown team set out to discover if the lightweight chassis was made of magnesium. This of course required a flame, because "when you add a little heat in the presence of magnesium and the air we breathe, magnesium oxide and a little bit of magnesium nitride are formed. Byproducts of this reaction are very intense heat and extremely bright light," iFixIt explains. And yes, it appears Samsung is using magnesium.
The rest of the teardown is standard iFixIt fare. The Galaxy S 4G was taken apart and meticulously undressed, baring everything inside, like the NEC MC10170 image processor on the rear-facing camera and the 1GHz processor, as well as everything else that makes this smartphone tick.