JerryRig burns a Galaxy S24 Ultra in a furnace to find out how much titanium was used to build it

Peter, 05 February 2024

Samsung switched to titanium for the frame of the Galaxy S24 Ultra, but there’s more to it than that. Like with Apple’s iPhones, titanium only makes up the exterior of the phone. The two companies used different designs for the interior - Samsung went for a combination of aluminum and plastic. Zack from JerryRigEverything took the S24 Ultra apart to find out how it’s built. And by take apart, we mean take apart and put in a 1,100°C/2,000°F furnace to separate all the materials.

If you go back and watch the S23 Ultra teardown, you will see that last year’s model is milled out of a solid block of aluminum. Titanium is far too expensive for that, so instead strips of titanium are pieced together to make up the exterior of the phone. Back to the current teardown to see how that is done:

Most of the internal components of the Galaxy S24 Ultra are mounted to an internal aluminum frame. Injection-molded plastic runs around the perimeter of that and holds the titanium strips in place. Is that a durable way to build a phone? Apparently so, as the phone passed the bend test with flying colors.

In case you haven’t watched JerryRig’s iPhone 15 Pro Max teardown video, Apple’s approach is different. The titanium exterior is fused to the aluminum inner frame. Apple also used a higher grade of titanium, grade 5, compared to Samsung’s grade 2 (grade 5 is an alloy that is harder than grade 2, which is pure titanium).



Reader comments

Sea water?? Unless you're a sailor, if sea water gets in contact with your phone then you're definitely doing something wrong

Pro models and non pro models are significantly different inside.

I think you should need to check you history books again. Apple was all but the first one to use titanium but ok. That's a quote of someone who likes to post useless bashing. Apple fan maybe? Funny.

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