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Teardown Report: Samsung's Galaxy S4 With Global Fulfillment Raises the Smartphone Bar

Published: 26 September 2013

ID: G00245911

Analyst(s): Roger Sheng , Amy Teng


This report analyzes the Samsung Galaxy S4 parts sourcing strategy for global fulfillment, designs and differential technologies, based on the evidence of teardown research, cross-analysis of components/suppliers, and supply-side field research.

Table Of Contents


  • Introduction
  • Designs for Global Fulfillment and Leading-Edge Technology
    • Identification of Main Integrated Circuits on the System PCB
    • Multiple Suppliers of Active Components
    • Modularized System Design
    • Housings Are Designed to Enhance Productivity and Flexibility
    • Same Image Sensor in Different Packages and Lens Modules
  • Designs That Demonstrate Samsung's Leading and Differentiated Technology Strategies
    • Samsung Builds its own Enhanced LTE Chipset for Korean GS4 Model
    • Samsung Uses Fujitsu ISP to Improve Camera Performance
    • Samsung Uses Emerging Type of Autofocus Mechanism to Improve Camera Performance and Power Efficiency
    • Samsung Designs OLED in Mosaic Pattern, With an On-Cell Touchscreen That Is Thinner Than the iPhone 5's
  • System Block Diagram


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