Ahead of their worldwide release this Friday, the folks over at iFixit managed to get their hands on a Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ to perform a complete teardown. As we expected, the iFixit team found that the latest Samsung Galaxy flagships aren’t very easy to repair, thanks to their complicated glass sandwich design.
On the plus side however, the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ actually managed to score higher than their predecessors when it came to repairability. While the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge had score just 3 out 10 for repairability, the Galaxy S8 duo managed a slightly better 4 out of 10. The Galaxy S6 duo from 2015 had also scored a 4 out of 10.
The main improvements have been made in the layout of components inside the handsets. Most components inside the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are modular in nature, which allows them to be replaced independently. The battery too can be replaced, although the tough adhesive and a glued-on rear panel do make it a bit too difficult. iFixit criticized the front and back glass for a higher risk of crackability as well as making it tough to access the internals. Replacing the front glass is said to be near impossible, as the curved screen can easily be damaged while attempting to do so.
For more details, check out the complete teardown at the source links down below.