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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.

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)