Are iPhone screen repairs expensive? Note 9 vs XS Max vs OnePlus 6 display replacement prices

Are iPhone screen repairs expensive? Note 9 vs XS Max vs OnePlus 6 display replacement prices
Long gone are the days of metal or plastic phones, and the display is no longer the most expensive part that can break in your handsets, at least according to Apple, which charges $399 if you shatter the casing of your iPhone XR, for instance, and have no insurance.

The screen is still the part that cracks the most often, though, so we took a peek replacement costs. Well, broken phone displays are no broken dreams - while the first is repairable, the second might haunt you for life, so let's pray for screen replacement services that won't break your piggy bank, how's that for another shattered thingy in one sentence? 

We probed Apple, Samsung, LG and OnePlus for their exact quotes on official screen replacement services, and it turned out that their pricing is pretty much in line or often better than getting one of those display assemblies off, say, eBay, and bringing it to your local repair shop. 

Not only do such screens sometimes differ from the phone maker's specifications, but, in the case of Samsung's AMOLED panels, the company is the monopolistic provider of those anyway. Moreover, most of today's flagships feature some sort of water-tight certification so you are basically left with very little choice but the official replacement pricest if you want your iPhone or Galaxy restored up to spec. Here's the breakdown:

 
As you can see, the only eye-watering prices for a screen replacement of today's most popular flagships are for handsets with OLED screens. Those start at $219 for the Galaxy S8 or S9 and go all the way up to $329 for Apple's largest iPhone XS Max. That's largely what we'd expect for high-res OLED displays with plastic substrates, given that they are provided by one near-monopolistic manufacturer - Samsung Display. 

Going down the price rank, the iPhone 7/8 and 7 Plus/8 Plus screen prices are not bad for quality LCD panels with 3D Touch technology, too, yet the nicest surprise is the V30's display replacement quote, which LG said can barely hit $150, depending on if they have to do a complete swap. The worst offender is the iPhone XR which sports a comparatively low-res LCD screen that apparently costs $199 to replace, but fiddling around a notch that houses a TrueDepth camera kit apparently doesn't come cheap.

The silver lining in those official screen replacement service tags is that the phone makers also confirmed they restore the phones to the original IP67/68 specifications, meaning that the handsets will again be waterproof, woohoo! Given how much special adhesive there is inside to keep it all nice and water-tight, that's no small matter to consider before you go the local repair shop route instead to save a few bucks.

Long story short, we now know which phones are worthy of their insurance price tag - looking at you, swanky OLED technology. We can only imagine those display replacement costs if and when foldable phones hit the market, though the whole flexibility concept might mean you are less likely to send them face-down to the pavement unless fully unfurled.

source: Apple, Samsung, OnePlus; image: iFixit

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27 Comments

2. ikenvape

Posts: 305; Member since: May 28, 2014

Got to say I'm surprised you didn't do the Pixel lineup since Google is raping the hell out of people

12. iAndroid18

Posts: 38; Member since: Oct 23, 2018

With the Pixel line, sadly Google has launched Apple's Android. Just don't understand the pointless following of one to the other. Android is different but Google has their own vision

20. ikenvape

Posts: 305; Member since: May 28, 2014

Exactly, I don't understand what they're thinking either. Stripping away features and hardware and applying pressure to buy their own products (ie fast wireless 10w charger with limiting to 5w from 3rd parties!??) Are they just following the money trail? I mean does Google really need to? Guess no one is above shovelware.

6. ikenvape

Posts: 305; Member since: May 28, 2014

MSG ERROR MAX SUBS?

9. KingSam

Posts: 1346; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

I've been getting that a lot and can't comment.

14. peace247 unregistered

me too

15. peace247 unregistered

me too. still can't comment

19. ikenvape

Posts: 305; Member since: May 28, 2014

Notfair is correct. Go to your account by clicking your name (since I'm on my phone, >view desktop site) go to your follow list and uncheck them.

23. Vokilam

Posts: 1033; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

After typing in the comment, you’ll see the error, do not do anything, switch to desktop view in share sheet (on iOS) and your comment will appear as posted instantly.

25. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Because everytime youbreplybto an article, it automatically subscribes as you to it. You need to be in desktop mode and go into your profile and remove the subs.

27. WingMan

Posts: 263; Member since: Mar 28, 2008

hmm never happened to me...

7. LEEDAQ

Posts: 154; Member since: Aug 07, 2018

lol... where can I find the store for One+?

16. notfair

Posts: 687; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

MAX SUBS ERROR? go to your account and UN-FOLLOW the threads you have replied to...

18. ikenvape

Posts: 305; Member since: May 28, 2014

Thanks! I'm not following any that I'm aware of but will check it out Edit: Yep! Following 50 articles. Must be on auto. Thanks!

26. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Yes it's on auto

28. t3at1m3

Posts: 12; Member since: Jul 05, 2017

This is very strange

29. path45th

Posts: 398; Member since: Sep 11, 2016

Same day at the Apple store. Waiting for days or even weeks for the others.

30. ifixegypt

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 25, 2018

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is the clear winner here — it performs better, has a better camera, and simply offers more features. That does not, however, necessarily mean you should buy it. If you like the idea of still getting a flagship-spec phone and want to save some cash, the OnePlus 6 is an excellent way to go. If, however, the camera is super important to you and you’re interested in things like the S Pen, you may want to shell out a lot more cash for the Samsung Galaxy Note 9.

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