Samsung’s new Galaxy S7 gets a low, three out of 10 (10 is easiest) when it comes to repairs, says iFixit. iFixit is known for its teardowns of latest devices, and rating them on how easy it is to repair these.
iFixit’s blog on the Samsung Galaxy S7 notes that compared to S6, which scored a four, the S7 is quite difficult to repair.
iFixit points out that while “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.”
Worryingly if the USB port needs replacement, the display needs to be removed entirely, and the front and black glass make repairs difficult. iFixit says, “replacing the glass without destroying the display is probably impossible.”
iFixit also gives us a glimpse into the cooling pipes technology that Samsung has used in its Galaxy S7 to keep the device from heating up. iFixit points that there’s “tiny copper twig,” which is really the “heat pipe with less than half a gram of material.”
iFixit also found “rubber seals around the lower microphone and speaker” presumably for the water-resistance feature.
Samsung launched the Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 edge in India at Rs 48,900 and Rs 56,900 respectively. The smartphones go on sale on March 18; pre-bookings are currently on for the smartphones and users will get the Gear VR free with this.