Samsung Galaxy Buds Live teardown showcases easy repairability and Bean references
Samsung’s new Galaxy Buds Live have scored an 8 out of 10 for repairability in iFixit’s recent teardown of the TWS earphones, higher than both the Galaxy Buds and Galaxy Buds+. Although the new earbuds are smaller and feature an atypical design, the Galaxy Buds Live aren’t difficult to pry open, and their wireless charging case is also easy to repair with the right set of tools.
The teardown reveals that the Galaxy Buds Live are powered by a rechargeable Varta CP1254 A3 battery, which is the same battery found within the original Galaxy Buds. iFixit notes that the button cell battery can be found online if you ever feel the need to replace the ones on your Galaxy Buds Live, however, they’re not as easy to find as they were previously.
The wireless charging case, on the other hand, features a 1.81Wh battery, which is substantially larger than the batteries found in the wireless charging cases for the older Galaxy Buds and Galaxy Buds+. Furthermore, the teardown reveals that most of the internal components are relatively modular and can be replaced independently.
iFixit also found that the ribbon cable connecting the two halves of each earbud states “bean left” and “bean right,” which suggests that Samsung internally referred to the earbuds as Beans before settling with the Galaxy Buds Live moniker. Check out the video linked above for a detailed look at the insides of the Galaxy Buds Live and its wireless charging case. As of now, iFixit hasn’t posted a repair guide for the Galaxy Buds Live, but it should go live on this page in the coming days.