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Galaxy S10+ repairs aren’t going to come cheap

The Samsung Galaxy S10+ — and Galaxy S10, for that matter — will cost a fortune to repair as the excessive use of strong adhesive makes it nothing short of a nightmare to dismantle and reassemble, according to teardown expert iFixit, and that’s something that’s going to need to be done as the handset has to be stripped to its bare bones to complete an all-too-common screen replacement.

Related: Galaxy S10+ Review

As documented in a video iFixit shared on YouTube on March 6, the Galaxy S10+ can be dismantled in thirteen painstaking steps, with access to all major components hidden behind the handset’s glass backplate, which could shatter while being disassembled. That’ll result in the price of repairs soaring through the roof as engineers look to introduce a safety net to cover any accidental breakages.

But it’s not the most difficult smartphone to repair

For that reason, iFixit awarded the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+ a disappointing repairability score of three out of ten, with ten being the easiest to repair and one, well, the most difficult. The Galaxy S9, for comparison, earned a score of four — the same as the Galaxy Note 8 and Galaxy S8. The Essential Phone (Essential PH-1) received the lowest rating possible: a disturbing one out of ten.

  • Model: SM-G973F
  • Dimensions: 70.4 x 149.9 x 7.8mm
  • Display: 6.1"(157.5mm) Super AMOLED
  • CPU: Exynos 9820 Octa
  • Camera: 12 MP.CMOS F2.4 45° Telephoto & 12MP F1.5 77° & 16MP F2.2 123° Ultra-wide
  • Model: SM-G975F
  • Dimensions: 74.1 x 157.6 x 7.8mm
  • Display: 6.4"(162.5mm) Super AMOLED
  • CPU: Exynos 9820 Octa
  • Camera: 12 MP.CMOS F2.4 45° Telephoto & 12MP F1.5/F2.4 77° & 16MP F2.2 123° Ultra-wide
  • Model: SM-G970F
  • Dimensions: 69.9 x 142.2 x 7.9mm
  • Display: 5.8” (146.5mm) Super AMOLED
  • CPU: Exynos 9820 Octa
  • Camera: 12 MP, CMOS F1.5/F2.4 (77°) & 16MP, CMOS F2.2 (123°)Ultra Wide

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locarno
locarno

What about S10e ?

MStuart
MStuart

But it looks so nice and premium!

Fenneberg
Fenneberg

Just wait for the EU to set a gigantic fine for deliberate and purposely fabricating items hard to repair.
Then other markets will follow.

utvic99
utvic99

Also, I don’t know if you covered that in an article, but the charging port and the microphone are embedded into the motherboard, so if one of them dies out, one practically has no other choice but to buy a new phone since none of these can be removed now. No Samsung repair center will dare touch a broken charging port because of that, they will just say “yeah, we’d have to change your whole motherboard for like €600, or you could buy a new S11 for €400 more (which btw has the camera, buttons and battery embedded with the… Read more »

aroutis
aroutis

Until Xiaomi does the exact same. When will you people learn…

cb3rob
cb3rob

cb3rob
cb3rob