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

Samsung switched to titanium for the Galaxy S24 Ultra’s frame, but there’s more to it than that. Like Apple’s iPhone, titanium only makes the exterior of the phone. The two companies used different designs for the interior – Samsung went with a combination of aluminum and plastic.

JerryRigEverything’s Jack took the S24 Ultra apart to find out how it’s built. And by take apart we mean take apart and put all the ingredients in a 1,100°C/2,000°F furnace to separate.

If you go back and look at the S23 Ultra teardown, you’ll see that last year’s model has been forged from a solid block of aluminum. Titanium is too expensive for this, so strips of titanium are assembled to form the exterior of the phone. Go back to the current teardown to see how it’s done.

Most of the internal components of the Galaxy S24 Ultra are mounted on an internal aluminum frame. Injection-molded plastic runs around its perimeter and holds the titanium strip. Is this a sustainable way to build a phone? Apparently so, the phone passed the bend test with flying colors.

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

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