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Samsung Galaxy S8 series is slightly easier to repair according to iFixit

Samsung Galaxy S8 series is slightly easier to repair according to iFixit
Samsung Galaxy S8 series is slightly easier to repair according to iFixit
The teardown reveals some modular motherboard components that can be relatively easy to replace if needed. Otherwise, points were taken off for an over-reliance on glue and the difficult-to-remove curved front glass.

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You can always count on iFixit to gut the innards of the latest popular consumer electronics in the name of science.

The latest victims are the two Samsung Galaxy S8 models as shown by the sample images below. The teardown of both units reveal an almost identical internal layout save for the physically larger internal battery in the S8 Plus. Both models are IP68 certified for resistance against water and dust and this appears to be achieved by heavy use of glue between the glass materials. Similar to the Galaxy S7, these edges and corners must first be heated to loosen the glue before the outer case can be safely cracked open.

The source notes that many internal components appear to be modular including the fingerprint sensor and headphone jack. Thus, sourcing and replacing these parts should be made simpler for technicians. On the other end of the spectrum, the front glass proves to be extremely delicate and difficult to remove without first destroying the curved panel underneath. This can make cracked displays more costly to repair since much of the panel must be disposed.

Closer inspections reveal even more glue around the 11.55 Wh and 14.38 Wh batteries in the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, respectively. The source concludes that the double-glass design is beneficial to antenna reception as opposed to an all-metal chassis, but this comes at the cost of reduced repairability and increased risk of damage. The iFixit teardown has awarded both Galaxy S8 models a 4 out of 10 in repairability compared to 3 out of 10 for the Galaxy S7

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Allen Ngo, 2017-04-20 (Update: 2017-04-20)
Allen Ngo

Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.