Galaxy Note 20 Ultra teardowns show two different cooling solutions

  • The Note 20 Ultra has some really big cameras. iFixit
  • This X-Ray shot shows how much space the S-Pen takes up (it's at the bottom). iFixit
  • iFixit ended up with a graphite cooling solution, while the iCase Mobile Service Center ended up with a copper cooler. iFixit, iCase Mobile Service Center, Ron Amadeo

The Galaxy Note20 Ultra has hit the hands of the teardown specialists at iFixit, giving us an inside look at Samsung's latest flagship.

If the super big camera bump didn't clue you in from the outside, from the inside it's clear Samsung is spending a huge amount of space on the multi-camera setup. Even iFixit says it's "striking how much extra real estate the [Galaxy Note 20] Ultra devotes to its camera modules." Samsung does its best from the outside to make all the lenses look the same, but actually the center 108MP sensor is much larger than the top wide-angle sensor, and the bottom periscope camera is an even bigger sideways assembly.

Multiple cameras have become a nearly mandatory marketing tool in the smartphone business, but I sure hope users are getting their money's worth out of actually using them. Every big component in a smartphone takes room away from other features or additional battery capacity (see: the headphone jack argument). With a single camera, Samsung and other manufacturers would have a lot more room to play with.

Speaking of optional components that take up a ton of room, a sweet x-ray shot shows us just how much room the Note's trademark S-Pen takes up inside the device. The entire battery has to shrink horizontally to make room for pen storage, and if we compare the Note 20 Ultra to the S20 Ultra, we see the S-Pen costs about 500mAh of battery.

Another fun tidbit in the report is that Samsung is dual-sourcing the Note 20 Ultra's cooling solution. Some devices have copper vapor chambers while some have graphite thermal pads, and so far no one has nailed down exactly which devices have which cooling solution. So far there haven't been any claims that one cooling solution is better than the other, but the Note 20 hasn't been out for that long.

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