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ARM tears apart the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live

Tells us which Android Wear smartwatch is easier to fix
Wed Jul 02 2014, 14:56

Samsung Gear Live smartwatch with Android WearCHIP DESIGNER ARM has surprisingly beaten iFixit to it, having promptly pulled apart the Android Wear-powered LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live smartwatches.

The LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live went on sale last week following Google's I/O keynote, and ARM - the firm behind the processors in the smartwatches - has torn the devices apart.

ARM's teardown report isn't quite as insightful as those produced by iFixit, but it has given those interested a look inside the two smartwatches, and an idea as to which of the two will be easier to fix.

If ARM's teardown claims that the LG G Watch is the easier of the two to take apart, meaning that it likely will be the easier to repair. As reported by Anandtech, the G Watch can be opened by removing the four Torx T5 screws on its rear, offering easy access to the 400mAh battery integrated into its back cover. Two more screws hold its "incredibly small" printed circuit board (PCB) in place, where you will find the ARM Cortex-A7 Snapdragon 400 and the Synaptics touch controller.

Samsung's Gear Live is also held together by four screws, but ARM notes that it is a bit more tricky to pull apart, while its logic board is also more "complex" as there's "a second layer stacked on the main logic board that also acts as an RF can".

ARM notes at the end of its teardown, "While I am not sure we are going to be able to put these devices back together, we hope that you manage to get your hands on an ARM-powered Android Wear device soon."

Both the LG G Watch and the Samsung Gear Live can be picked up in the UK, priced at £159 and £169, respectively. µ


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