Samsung Galaxy S7 is tough to repair, says iFixIt

Ian Hardy

March 9, 2016 5:18pm

iFixit is the king of giving tech enthusiasts a glimpse at a product’s hardware.

When a new device is released, the Australian-based company takes its time to dissect the latest piece of kit; today, it’s the Samsung Galaxy S7.

iFixit notes in its teardown that the GS7 isn’t the easiest Android smartphone on the market to fix. The new device earned a 3 out of 10 repairability score, where 10 is easiest to repair.

“[Samsung’s] once-lofty repairability scores have fallen hard from the heady days of the Galaxy S4,” says the accompanying blog post.

What the website singled out as a plus, which we also mentioned in our review, is the improvement in battery life. The GS7 comes with a 3,000 mAh battery, which is an increase from the 2550 mAh battery found in the S6, but “does not work in the presence of puppies.”


Probably the most interesting portion of the teardown is this tidbit: “this year Samsung pulled an Apple, claiming to invent the phone-based heat pipe… Not only are they not the first, but this heat pipe is minuscule—and not even in the neighborhood of the ‘liquid cooling’ hype we’ve been hearing about.”

If you’re interested in checking out the inside of the GS7, then head on over to iFixit.

Related: Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge review: An act of refinement

  • Alain Lafond

    Repairing a Samsung phone! Not easy… But waiting for firmware update, even worst… Samsung phones: No thanks… Nexus phones!!!

    • downhilldude

      Keep your updates! Give me a better screen, better camera, better speed, better gaming experience, better accessories, etc. Cheers!

  • Mo Dabbas

    People wanted a slim and water proof phone didn’t they?? I imagine a lot of sealing happened for that purpose which makes the phone harder to repair.

  • Doombots

    Someone please explain why the regular consumer gives 2 shits if their smartphone is difficult to repair? These title make it seem as if they’re going to be do the repairs themselves.

    • Crossed

      Cost of repair, maybe?

    • Mo Dabbas

      I did fix an iPhone 5 and 5S screens before.
      The difference would be, for example, if a small problem occurs (let’s say USB port got damaged) in a recent Samsung it’s better for you to get a new phone. Even shops would dislike fixing it and charger accordingly. In many Samsung repairs you’ll need to disassemble the screen which is fragile and can break in the process. So these stores put that into consideration and charge the customer accordingly.