The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2's iFixit teardown shows it has improved on reparability in its category, if not by much

The Galaxy Z Fold2 post-teardown. (Source: YouTube)
The Galaxy Z Fold2 post-teardown. (Source: YouTube)
iFixit has posted its dissembly video for Samsung's latest flagship foldable device. The Galaxy Z Fold2 fared better than other phones with hinges that have featured recently on the same YouTube channel. On the other hand, it could have scored higher on its reparability scale.
Deirdre O'Donnell,

The Galaxy Z Fold2 is Samsung's second-gen premium foldable phablet. Its predecessors have not done particularly well in teardown videos, due to their extra-complex internal designs and, well, hinges. Those with the same features from other companies have also not done well in reparability tests. Therefore, iFixit set out to see if the latest in their category could do any better.

The famous YouTube device-dissemblers found that taking the Z Fold2 apart was a little easier compared to, say, the Microsoft Surface Duo. This may have been due to the use of an official Samsung service guide this time around. The foldable phone also had quite a number of standard Phillips-head screws.

iFixit also found that the device's main 7.6-inch screen had a metallic "spine" made of numerous small segments. This new design tweak, which lined up with the new "Hideaway" hinge, may make the flexible AMOLED panel more durable this time around.

The Galaxy Z Fold2 was also easier to work on thanks to its refined camera count. On the other hand, the device exhibited a lot of glue, much of which acted on its batteries, and needed a lot of heat to pry into. Therefore, iFixit awarded it 3/10 for reparability - just a little better than the scores accrued by the Galaxy Z Flip, Motorola Razr 2020 or Surface Duo.


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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2020-09-19 (Update: 2020-09-19)
Deirdre O'Donnell
I became a professional writer and editor shortly after graduation. My degrees are in biomedical sciences; however, they led to some experience in the biotech area, which convinced me of its potential to revolutionize our health, environment and lives in general. This developed into an all-consuming interest in more aspects of tech over time: I can never write enough on the latest electronics, gadgets and innovations. My other interests include imaging, astronomy, and streaming all the things. Oh, and coffee.