Don't drop that Galaxy S7 edge: teardown project reveals why it's so hard to repair
posted by Daniel P. / Mar 14, 2016, 3:25 AM
The tinkering crowd from iFixit already released their Galaxy S7 teardown project, dubbing it very, very hard to repair, as can be expected from a sealed waterproof phone made of premium metal and glass material. It's now time for the more interesting of the two sidekicks that got announced on February 21st, the Galaxy S7 edge, to get disassembled and rated for repairability.
As you can see in the slideshow below, taking apart the fused tapered back and flexible AMOLED display wasn't for the faint of heart. In order to waterproof the phone Samsung is using special watertight tape and copious amounts of adhesive everywhere, so even when you take off the rear cover by carefully warming it up with a heat gun, then prying it open and starting to take stuff out one by one, putting it back together and keeping the same waterproofing level might prove a challenge for your local repair shop.
The good news is that once you take off the glass-covered back, it is fairly easy to get to the battery, if it needs replacement, as it's not tucked underneath the motherboard this time. The bad news is, well, everything else, because to get to the screen and remove it, or swap the charging port, you have to be really, really skilled at what you are doing if you don't want to crack or break something. Final repairability score? That would be 3 out of 10. In other words - don't drop it without proper protection.
- Display 5.5" 1440 x 2560 pixels
- Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
- Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2200 MHz
- Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
- Battery 3600 mAh(36h 3G talk time)
Posts: 2; Member since: Feb 19, 2016
That bad news for those who have S7 Edge now. I'm sure they bought Spigen case already just to protect the Gorilla Glass 4 on front and back on their phone. Anyway, S7 will be my future phone and hope they have Dual SIM version here in Middle East.
posted on Mar 14, 2016, 3:41 AM 0
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Yes, I'm sure they're really enjoying the premium materials under their case. I wonder how many times a month they pull the case off just so that they can admire the premium materials? /sarc
posted on Mar 14, 2016, 9:05 AM 0
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Galaxy S7 has Better score than NEXUS 6P. Nexus 6P has a score of only 2 out of 10 !! Galaxy S7 is IP68 water and dust proofing https://www.ifixit.com/Teardow
posted on Mar 14, 2016, 3:52 AM 4
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Apparently the S7 touchscreen digitizer is the first time Samsung made their own, and after using it i hope it's the last time they do it too. When using a tempered glass screen protector myself and many others are saying the edges of the screen are becoming unresponsive which was never an issue on previous Samsung phones. And going through the settings it doesn't even have the option to increase touch sensitivity so this is becoming a serious issue for me.
posted on Mar 14, 2016, 4:31 AM 3
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Reminds of "Fragile handle it with care" sign on box. That's the price of having glass from back to front need a good case that protect from impact which add bulk. Not good for people who don't want case because they want to feel there phone.
posted on Mar 14, 2016, 5:48 AM 0
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