Samsung Galaxy S7 is as difficult to repair as the S6 edge: iFixit

After ripping apart the Samsung Galaxy S7, iFixit gave it an extremely low repairability score of 3 out of 10.


As soon as Samsung launched the Galaxy S7, iFixit took it into the labs for doing what it does best. After ripping apart Samsung's latest flagship, iFixit gave it an extremely low repairability score of 3 out of 10. It should be noted that the previous Galaxy S6 edge also got a similar low 3/10. The Galaxy S6 had a slightly better score of 4/10. Among the recent leading flagships, only the Nexus 6P has got an even lower score of 2/10. It should be noted that the latest iPhone 6s emerged with a good reparability score of 7 out of 10.

To get access to the S7's internals, one has no other way but to remove the glass panel. Now, this won't be an easy task by itself. The strong adhesive makes easy access quite difficult. The display needs to be removed, increasing the risk, if one needs to replace the USB port.

According to iFixit, replacing the glass without destroying the display is 'probably impossible'.

On the brighter side, the report says that the components are not stuck together to the midframe, like we saw in the case of S6. "Many components are modular and can be replaced independently," the report said.

"Unlike the S6 Edge, the battery can be removed without first ousting the motherboard—but tough adhesive and a glued-on rear panel make replacement more difficult than necessary," iFixit report further adds.

Samsung recently launched the Galaxy S7, S7 edge in India starting at Rs 48,900. The pre-orders are open till 17 March. You can read our first impressions of the Galaxy S7, S7 edge, to know more.

Here's a first look at the Galaxy S7.


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