YouTuber restores a completely broken Samsung Galaxy Z Flip, but the "most expensive phone to repair" set him back an additional US$760
YouTuber Hugh Jeffreys recently showcased that it was possible (in theory) to repair a Samsung Galaxy Z Flip all by yourself. The Australian shelled out for a new display, charging port, and back panel, plus a not inconsiderable amount on postage. By the end of the video, Jeffreys has an almost good-as-new Z Flip on hand in perfect working order, but at a steep cost. The parts alone cost him US$760. To put this into perspective, a new Apple iPhone 12 Mini costs just US$699. The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip retails for US$1449, meaning the parts for the repair cost half as much as just buying a new phone.
Samsung currently provides a screen replacement service for just US$499. Even factoring out their labor costs and bulk part discounts, the Korean giant is still likely making a substantial loss on each Samsung Galaxy Z Flip it repairs.
While first and second-generation foldable devices like the Galaxy Z Flip current retail for eyebrow-raising prices, Jeffreys' experience seems to confirm just how early we are in the foldable life cycle: we wouldn't expect cheap foldables any time in the next couple years.