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Samsung Galaxy S3 components exposed in X-ray

Old-school: Tearing apart your smartphone just to get a glimpse of what's inside and to see how a manufacturer has crammed the parts and pieces into a super-slim frame.

New-school? Tossing that smartphone under an X-ray machine and letting technology do the work for you, sparing you from having to purchase all kinds of tiny tools and possibly wreck your phone in the process.

At least, that's the impression we get from checking out Engadget's latest pictures of a Samsung Galaxy S3 under X-ray. As it turns out, one of the site's readers apparently has access to a hospital digital mammography machine, which helps him both save lives and scan smartphones during the downtime.

However, the drawbacks of the X-ray are pretty apparent at first glance. While the technique gives interested smartphone owners a way to see just how meticulously their device was assembled, they're left to their own guesswork as to which component is which.

To that, however, we turn to iFixit's previously posted Samsung Galaxy S3 teardown – an eight-step guide that covers a host of different components that can be removed from the smartphone itself. That includes the simple bits like the phone's 2100 mAh battery to more complicated techniques like removing the smartphone's entire mainboard to get a glimpse at its Melfas 8PL533 touch sensor – a chip that transforms your screen presses into binary language.

The Samsung Galaxy S3 sports either an Exynos 4412 quad-core A9 processor or a dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor if you purchased it via the US. One gigabyte of RAM – DDR2 Green Memory, as identified by iFixit – comes with the international versions, whereas United States-based S3s get bumped up to a full two gigabytes. Korea wins the day on specifications though, as Samsung Galaxy S3 smartphones released there come with the quad-core processor and two gigabytes of memory.

Image: Engadget