Don't drop that Galaxy S7 edge: teardown project reveals why it's so hard to repair

Don't drop that Galaxy S7 edge: teardown project reveals why it's so hard to repair


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.

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Galaxy S7 edge
  • 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)

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13 Comments

5. albano71983

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.

26. Kary1

Posts: 300; Member since: Jun 26, 2015

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

27. sissy246

Posts: 7006; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

That's why they make clear cases. Love the clear case on my note 5.

6. iamgroot

Posts: 11; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

With samsung poor quality, note 6 in end year and s8 next year, its not big surprise that s7 hard to repaired

7. Anonn

Posts: 230; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

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/Teardown/Nexus+6P+Teardown/51660

9. phonehome

Posts: 812; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

What cases were made for....well, for handsets with flush displays anyway (why many will opt for the standard S7).

11. Trakker

Posts: 283; Member since: Feb 11, 2016

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.

15. Sondae

Posts: 291; Member since: Jan 02, 2013

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.

18. Adreno

Posts: 755; Member since: Mar 12, 2016

Really? Those who do not want to use a case should then buy a leather or plastic phone. Simple.

22. TechKids

Posts: 16; Member since: Mar 14, 2016

Glass sake

28. sissy246

Posts: 7006; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

I keep insurance on all are new phones. Yeah you have to pay a deductible but it's better then forking out another $700 on a new one.

29. Dee79

Posts: 307; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Why r u lot feeding the snake??? Ur the reason why trolls come here. Stop feeding and they will go else where! Ps. Phones don't need fixing now days as much as they used to, but still....

31. flavius22

Posts: 218; Member since: Aug 23, 2015

Guys, do you repair your phone home? /sarc

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