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Samsung Galaxy S7 is harder to repair than its predecessor

Samsung Galaxy S7 iFixit.com teardown repairability score 3 out of 10
Samsung Galaxy S7 teardown
Notorious website iFixit.com awarded Samsung's latest flagship a repairability score of only 3/10 while its predecessor got 4/10.
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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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In my early school days, I hated writing and having to make up stories. A decade later, I started to enjoy it. Since then, I published a few offline articles and then I moved to the online space, where I contributed to major websites that are still present online as of 2021 such as Softpedia, Brothersoft, Download3000, but I also wrote for multiple blogs that have disappeared over the years. I've been riding with the Notebookcheck crew since 2013 and I am not planning to leave it anytime soon. In love with good mechanical keyboards, vinyl and tape sound, but also smartphones, streaming services, and digital art.
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Codrut Nistor, 2016-03- 9 (Update: 2016-03- 9)