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I9305 front replacement identical to I9300?

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By Gnaddel, Junior Member on 2nd April 2013, 02:17 PM
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Hi there,

I'm looking to replace the broken glass front of my gt-i9305. However, most parts I find online explicitly list the i9300 unit.
Will a i9300 glass front fit the i9305?

Thank you for your input,
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2nd April 2013, 03:22 PM |#2  
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Hi Gnaddel,
First i would like to say that i am no expert or authorized in this filed but as far as i know and checked in the internet,those 2 models are exactly in the same dimensions and the only different is that the radio/modem is Qualcomm brand and not Samsung.
So i think it will fit

http://www.gsmarena.com/samsung_i930...s_iii-5001.php

http://www.gsmarena.com/samsung_i930...s_iii-4238.php
2nd April 2013, 03:58 PM |#3  
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Only differences are the motherboard and the antenna module.
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3rd April 2013, 12:37 AM |#4  
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Re: I9305 front replacement identical to I9300?
All I can say is that when I replaced the screen for my i9305 they told me the part for my phone was a little cheaper than the one for i9300. And that was an official Samsung service center. I asked why and they didn't really know the reason. At this point I'd say they are different.

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4th April 2013, 03:19 AM |#5  
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I asked why and they didn't really know the reason.

That's probably because they sell more i9300's than i9305's so they charge more for the screen to make money.

I did see one guy selling an i9300 screen on eBay because it didn't fit his i9305. Not sure if they just didn't know how to fit it properly or if they actually don't fit. I would think that they would fit because its exactly the same frame. Its only if the extra components need more space to fit in the phone.

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4th April 2013, 11:49 AM |#6  
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They are the same. I've fixed several i9305 phones with the i9300 front screens
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29th July 2013, 10:48 AM |#7  
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They are the same. I've fixed several i9305 phones with the i9300 front screens

I doubt they've been successful repairs that's went off without a hitch in that case..
The thing is the back of the screen on the i9300 and i9305 differs a slight, (i'm talking about the iron/steel bit on the back of a complete assembled screen) this won't accommodate the motherboard on the various units .. apparently the i9305 has a few more transistors or the like on the motherboard..

Example: i9300 screen assembly, i9305 mid frame..
The motherboard wont slot down properly, leading to the bottom left corner (Seen from behind) to not go down properly, which in turn leads to the mid frame siting a slight skewed, which also means that the battery cover won't fit properly, as the bottom left corner will be lifted enough to where it might fall off without much strain.

This is due to the the ironmolding on the back of the screen assembly being slightly different from the i9305 device, which fits the additional capacitors and so forth better.
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,I can .. if requested provide photographs of the differences i'm referring to, as I've a number of screens in-house.
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10th August 2013, 12:17 PM |#8  
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I have also i9305 and my gf has i9300.

i bought some screen protectors and put them on both phones.

on the i9300 fits nice.
on i9305 the edges of the protector do not stick on the screen. and it now has a non pretty margin of unstuck plastic.

it happened after multiple tries with many different protectors.

so i assume that there is a difference betweenthe two screens . some kind of curve is on ii9305 screen.
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14th September 2013, 09:41 PM |#9  
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Originally Posted by Eirwn

I have also i9305 and my gf has i9300.

i bought some screen protectors and put them on both phones.

on the i9300 fits nice.
on i9305 the edges of the protector do not stick on the screen. and it now has a non pretty margin of unstuck plastic.

it happened after multiple tries with many different protectors.

so i assume that there is a difference betweenthe two screens . some kind of curve is on ii9305 screen.

Ahaha you made my day.

Anyway, can anyone confirm or not if i9300 amoled screen would go on i9305 ?

Also what u think about chineese screens that says "guenuine" but may not be, would i get crappy screen ?
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i9305 board and i9300 LCD unit
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They are the same. I've fixed several i9305 phones with the i9300 front screens

it not working, home button not working ?

did you try after replace ?
20th December 2013, 09:28 PM |#11  
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We are talking about two different things here.

Some people are talking about the front glass. This is exactly the same for both models. The S3 LTE (i9305) is the same design but altered for 4G so the motherboard and some antennas have been altered and the metal frame and some other elements needed to be altered too to accommodate the alterations.

Battery and battery cover are also the same. Also the cameras, speaker, vibrator and wifi antenna. I'm not sure about the LCD screen and touch screen but I would say hey are the same too (I'm talking about these two elements alone, not the frame)

If you try to fit a regular i9300 front (frame, LCD, touch screen and glass) to a i9305 motherboard, you will find it doesn't fit perfectly. Main problem is in the different disposition of the big square chips in the motherboard side that touches the front frame. i9300 frame has a rim around those chips that touches the golden line in the motherboard that surrounds them. Just over the microUSB housing there is a part of that rim that enters the squared perimeter. That piece of rim has been removed so the rim in the i9300 frame will avoid the chips in the i9305 motherboard to fit there.
The lower left corner of the frame, near the screw hole, is also a little different, again due to an alteration in the rim.
Finally, the i9300 frame has a tiny metal bit in the very lower left corner, near the mic that avoids the plastic back middle cover of the i9305 to fit perfectly. that's because this cover houses at the bottom an antenna (I guess this is the 4G antenna) that is slightly bigger that the one in the i9300. You can think you could use the i9300 middle cover instead, but then you would be fitting the phone with a 3G antenna instead of 4G. what's more, this antenna has 3 points to connect with the motherboard while the i9300 antenna has only 2 points.

The reason the home button doesn't work is because the home button is not connected to the motherboard through the main connector but using two spots that you can see just over the mic white rubber housing. since the motherboard is not down to the position it should, it will not touch those spots.

Still, I believe there is a solution and it consists in using a Dremel tool to remove all the aforementioned parts of the i9300 metal frame so the i9305 motherboard and middle cover fit correctly.
Some precautions have to be taken. Covering the holes in the frame to avoid metal splinters entering the LCD circuits and painting the removed parts properly to avoid contact of the metal with the motherboard circuits.
I haven't tried it personally but I'm probable going to do it this weekend so I will tell you how it goes.

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