There’s a subtle difference between opening up a phone to see what’s inside and getting all the documentation on a device explaining what’s inside. Just opening the device can reveal a lot of things and give you a first hand look at the architecture of a device. Having all the documentation, however, means you know exactly what each piece does. When you know what each piece does, it makes the device significantly easier to hack.
XDA Recognized Developer E:V:A has stumbled upon the service manual and schematics for the Samsung Galaxy Note GT-N7000. Even thought the schematics aren’t complete, E:V:A was able to pull enough information out of them to deem them still useful. Here’s a few things E:V:A has to say about them:
We are interested in better understanding the hardware in this phone, so that we could (a) develop unbrickable-mod, (b) communicate with phone modem via a virtual serial interface over USB and/or from a local shell and (c) get proper and early debug output for development purposes. But there are many more good reasons…
In addition it is worth noting that:
a) I have good reasons to believe that some component labels are screwed up, including the block diagram, as usual…
b) The similarities to the GT-I9100 are more limited that thought.
There’s a lot of information for you hardware hackers out there. E:V:A has also posted a few things from the schematics and service manual, like the boot pins/modes for the processor and the baseband. With the proper equipment, someone could have a lot of fun with the information. If you do attempt anything, remember to be careful. This is hardware stuff, and messing it up can mean permanent damage to the Note.