Samsung Galaxy S7 is harder to repair than its predecessor
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Although many complained about the lack of microSD support in the Samsung Galaxy S6, at least iFixit has rated that flagship's repairability with a 4 out of 10 score. Unfortunately, while the Samsung Galaxy S7 has an excellent curved display, the world's first Dual Pixel smartphone camera, as well as a microSD slot, repairing it is quite a challenge.
After disassembling the Galaxy S7, iFixit ended up with these interesting findings regarding its innards:
- there are no exterior screws, so the handset must be heated, and suction cups are required to remove the front and back glass
- while most internal components are modular, accessing them is very difficult and usually ends up with a destroyed display
- replacing the USB ports, which is usually the component most likely to break down, requires to remove the glass/display as well
In the end, it looks like the new Samsung Galaxy S7 is an excellent flagship - at least as long as it does not break down. Unfortunately, a rather usual repair like replacing the USB port might cost half the price of the brand new handset.
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