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In theory, could you upgrade a phone's internals?

Say you have a phone with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600.
In theory, could you replace it with the Snapdragon 800?
Or are they different sizes? I imagine there might be other logistical problems...

Just a random Friday afternoon musing :)

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JanSt / MOD  May. 9, 2014 at 17:09

I reckon it's next to impossible.... In those devices every cubic milimetre is carefully designed.... Maybe one day there'll be a slot for RAM etc?

AhmadCentral  May. 9, 2014 at 17:17

No. Just No.

Apart from stuff like the battery or screen.

matt101101 / MOD  May. 9, 2014 at 17:26

No, all the parts are soldered to the main board anyway, and all main boards are shaped specifically for their intended device.

There'll never be RAM slots, CPU sockets, PCI-e lanes etc, because phones use SoCs, not individual components.

CTPAHHIK  May. 9, 2014 at 17:28

Yes, you can with proper equipment.
If you ever opened one of ultra slim laptops you will see that pretty much everything is embedded. You can still remove embedded CPU and embedded chips, but it's very very hard to do it and very very easy to permanently damage connectors when you do it.

matt101101 / MOD  May. 9, 2014 at 18:24

Yes, you can with proper equipment.
If you ever opened one of ultra slim laptops you will see that pretty much everything is embedded. You can still remove embedded CPU and embedded chips, but it's very very hard to do it and very very easy to permanently damage connectors when you do it.

But would the phone have the correct drivers etc to run parts which it was never meant to?

CTPAHHIK  May. 13, 2014 at 08:17

Assuming that you would probably be able only to swap similar parts, like Qualcomm SoC for another Qualcomm SoC (there is no way that Exynos can be swapped with Qualcomm) I would think that it's single driver package for all hardware.
There is a high chance that device will refuse to boot.

JanSt / MOD  May. 13, 2014 at 10:36

Well, since the OP asked about an "in theory" scenario, the answer is: YES.
Nothing to say an OEM couldn't design a phone that way. Chances of it happening? Close to zero. For now.

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