IHS has called the Galaxy S7 a ‘ho-hum refresh’ to Samsung’s smartphone lineup, with some evolutionary improvements, but ‘no ground breakers’. In a teardown, the firm calculated that the 32GB version carries a BOM of about $255 and retails for $670 (the 16GB iPhone 6S has a BOM of $188 and retails for $650). Little has changed in the display side, although the Snapdragon 820 processor is new – and is one of the most expensive components, at $62.
IHS’s Wayne Lam praised the 12MP camera, which features large pixels for low light performance, as “arguably the best [smartphone] camera on the market right now”.
Other features that the teardown discovered were silicone seals and sealed components throughout the phone, to inhibit water ingress; and a copper heat exchanger for thermal management. Heat exchangers are typically only found in desktop and notebook PCs, and have only been seen in one other smartphone series (the Nokia Lumia).
A separate teardown from Chipworks identified the camera sensor as the Sony IMX260 sensor which offers a 12MP resolution, 1.4um pixel size and dual pixel AF across the entire sensor. The measured size of the sensor is 6.69 mm x 5.55 mm (37.1 mm²) and at the front of the device there is a 5MP camera that is built around a 1.34um BSI pixel Samsung S5K4E6XP sensor.