Galaxy S8 be easy to repair
The great design changes at Samsung in 2015, with the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge, had two consequences. The first: finally the smartphones of the Korean giant were beautiful. A premium shell, with noble materials, such as mineral glass and aluminum. Something modern and ergonomic that was, finally, up to the competition from Cupertino. Consumers have to speak out on social networks to achieve this result. However Galaxy S8 be easy to repair?
Beautiful products, but difficult to repair
Second consequence, more unfortunate in contrast, smartphones have become almost impossible to repair without breaking something. Glue everywhere. Hidden screws. Components integral with one another. The repairers have much more difficulty repairing a Galaxy S6 or a Galaxy S7 than a Galaxy S5 whose shell and battery were removable. The iFixit repair network has largely referred to this problem over the past two years by making notes of “repairability” (ie the ease of a smartphone to be repaired) increasingly weak. 4 out of 10 for the Galaxy S6. 3 out of 10 for the Galaxy S7 .
This week, the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8 + have arrived in stores in some countries. This is the perfect opportunity for iFixitt repairers to take a look at the evolution of the chassis and components of the two high-end terminals. And above all to assign a new note. So what about this year? The Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8 + both score 4 out of 10, like the Galaxy S6. So it’s better than last year.
More modular components
Among the strengths, the modularity of the components and the internal configuration, as last year. In addition, the battery is replaceable if the adhesive is not attached to the chassis. Among the weak points, iFixit notes that it is very difficult to open the smartphone because of the glue. And especially since the design is curved on both sides. Both sides of the phones can crack very easily, so a repair will often equate to replacing the screen, back or both parts of the mobile.
Glue is definitely the most important “default” construction here. There is everywhere and iFixit confirms that it is necessary to heat the mobile relatively strong to soften it and get to enter the phone. On the components side, here are what the repairers have found: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 with 4 GB of RAM (Samsung LPDDR4), Toshiba 64 GB storage, Qualcomm Aqstic audio chipset, Qualcomm network receiver, NXP NFC chipset, Samsung SDI battery, Wi-Fi module of Murata, etc. For more information, we highly recommend the complete analysis of technicians.