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YouTuber restores a completely broken Samsung Galaxy Z Flip, but the "most expensive phone to repair" set him back an additional US$760

Spare parts for the totalled Samsung Galaxy Z Flip cost Jeffreys US$760 (Image source: Hugh Jeffreys)
Spare parts for the totalled Samsung Galaxy Z Flip cost Jeffreys US$760 (Image source: Hugh Jeffreys)
Underlining just how expensive the current generation of foldable devices is, YouTuber Hugh Jeffreys showcased just how expensive it can be to return a broken Samsung Galaxy Z Flip to full working order. The repairs alone cost more than the launch price of Apple's iPhone 12 Mini.
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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. 

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Arjun Krishna Lal, 2021-02- 7 (Update: 2021-02- 7)