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Samsung's Galaxy S24 Ultra revealed to be using a lower grade of titanium than Apple's iPhone 15 Pro

By Shawn Tan - on 7 Feb 2024, 8:30am

Samsung's Galaxy S24 Ultra revealed to be using a lower grade of titanium than Apple's iPhone 15 Pro

JerryRigEverything used a scanner to identify the titanium grade on the Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra.

Popular YouTuber Zack Nelson of JerryRigEverything revealed in his teardown video that the Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra is using an inferior grade of titanium compared to the Apple iPhone 15 Pro.

In the almost twelve-minute-long video, the YouTuber used an XRF scanner (typically used in mining) to identify the metals used on the Galaxy S24 Ultra. The XRF scanner identified Grade 2 titanium on the exterior frame of the Samsung phone. In comparison, the iPhone 15 Pro used Grade 5 titanium.

So what's the difference between the two grades of titanium? A higher grade means stronger and more durable titanium. Grade 5 titanium is also about four times more expensive.

JerryRigEverything burnt off the plastic and melt the aluminum away to get a gauge on the amount of titanium used on the Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra.

Nelson also put the titanium frame of the Galaxy S24 Ultra through a furnace to determine the amount used. Based on the outcome, Samsung is estimated to have used between $3 to $5 worth of titanium in the Galaxy S24 Ultra while Apple is likely to use $10 to $15 worth of titanium in the iPhone 15 Pro.

The furnace also showed a difference between Apple and Samsung when it came to binding the titanium with the rest of the chassis. 

Samsung relies on overmoulding to inject plastic between aluminium and titanium to hold the two metals together. On the other hand, Apple uses a more vigorous solid-state diffusion process to bind the titanium and aluminium together.

These were what's left of the Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra titanium frame.

In short, Samsung is found to be using lower quality and less expensive titanium on the Galaxy S24 Ultra compared to the Apple iPhone 15 Pro. Based on the quality of titanium used, the iPhone 15 Pro is better. 

Check out the teardown video below to find out more!

Source: JerryRigEverything

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