Record Galaxy Fold screen replacement price puts iPhone 11 Pro or Note 10+ repairs to shame


At long last, Samsung released the Galaxy Fold for the general public, after the few preview specimens it sent out to tech reviewers and assorted "influencers" were either abused or exhibited strange display artifacts.

The cover film has now been packaged tighter with the flexible display, and the bezel gap over the hinge from where dust and debris entered underneath the crease has been fixed now, as Samsung managed to solve the two glaring problems that emerged during the real-life operation of the initial Fold batch.

Samsung was allegedly postponing the re-release in order to better train the reps on presenting the device and teaching potential buyers how to use the phone. Like, for instance, not to scrape off the cover film which turned out to be an integral part of the flexible display underneath. 

This time around it is taking no chances, and outed a video called "Caring about..." It's the first time we are seeing such a video manual with subtle hints not to peel off anything or how to push gently to open your $1980 phone.


Galaxy Fold vs 11 Pro Max vs Note 10+ display replacement prices


Why? Well, one look at the display replacement price comparison below will show you that the flexible panel is the most expensive window to the the smartphone world ever for the end user. At $599 it only rivals the backplate replacement of an iPhone 11 Pro Max but Samsung has softened the blow by introducing a one-time $149 replacement fee if you buy the Fold before the end of the year.

Compare those prices with the "regular" tag of replacing the Note 10+ Quad HD AMOLED screen at $279, or said 11 Pro Max's panel at $329, and you will see there is quite the difference. The flexible display's repair pricing gets even funnier when you go down to the lowly OnePlus 7T for which the company quotes just a $154 screen price. 

Admittedly, that's without the labor costs involved but it's still a OLED display, and one that can be driven with a 90Hz refresh rate at that. Long story short, either buy the Fold before December 31, or baby it despite the fact that it may feel like the thick bricks of yesteryear in your pocket when bent.


 

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30 Comments

1. User123456789

Posts: 1001; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Apple is so greedy. Rear panel costs almost twice compared to screen. Screen is the most expensive part of any phone.

2. Shubham412302

Posts: 581; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

see jerryrigeverything's last video

6. User123456789

Posts: 1001; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Anyone knows that replacing rear glass is much easier and cheaper than screen. Apple know many use screen protector but not case. So rear glass will damage easier than screen. It is almost the price of entire iphone 11 ....

14. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1079; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

The rear glass on Iphone 8's and newer isn't easier to replace because Apple uses an entire layer of strong adhesive to adhere it for absolutely no reason, other than to make the repair far more inconvenient than paying apple to do it or getting a new device. As seen on JerryRigEverything they had to resort to using liquid nitrogen to be able to make the adhesive freeze to the point of removal.

24. Brewski

Posts: 710; Member since: Jun 05, 2012

Watch his latest one like Shubham412302 said. Lasers work better.

3. gadgetpower

Posts: 283; Member since: Aug 23, 2019

Samsung is greedy. They should provide a lifetime free screen repair for this stupid innovation. They’re making t fold easy to break to get profit on repairs.

4. maherk

Posts: 6942; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

1- The 1st time you break it, fixing it will cost you half of what Apple charges for fixing the Pro Max's screen. 2- The second time you break it, it will cost you as much as the back panel of an iPhone would cost. Basically, replacing an advanced flexible OLED screen = replacing a piece of glass that costs Apple few bucks to make. 3- This is a first gen device, and Samsung are letting people know before hand what they're getting themselves into. They're not blaming them for using it wrong, or telling them that their product is the best built smartphone #bendgate.

11. darkkjedii

Posts: 31293; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I don’t even bother responding to him anymore. The AFF is ridiculous.

5. User123456789

Posts: 1001; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

We all know these foldable are failure. If someone still buys is because is silly.

12. Alcyone

Posts: 480; Member since: May 10, 2018

Its a failure cause Apple hasn't innovated one yet. Sound about right?

23. darkkjedii

Posts: 31293; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Exxxxxactly.

10. chris2k5

Posts: 281; Member since: Nov 17, 2012

Agree. Samsung is purposefully making it easy to break. repairs will cost a fortune. Ripping customers off.

16. SyCo87

Posts: 318; Member since: Sep 19, 2013

They are ripping people off, but let's not forget that there isn't bendable glass yet. They had to use plastic.

8. chbanks512

Posts: 78; Member since: Mar 07, 2017

I mean honestly, the back glass repair cost literally as much as the Galaxy Fold's main screen. That's just a stupid...

7. chbanks512

Posts: 78; Member since: Mar 07, 2017

Hmmmm.. Galaxy Fold Repair: $599 + 139 + 99 = $837 iPhone 11 Pro Max: $329 + 599 = $928 Sooo....how exactly does the Galaxy Fold put the iPhone 11 to shame

29. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 734; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

Maybe he meant the foldable display.

30. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 734; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

You forgot to add the price tag of the galaxy fold. Which BTW is $1980!

9. chris2k5

Posts: 281; Member since: Nov 17, 2012

Samsung is scamming. The screen will break at least 5x. It will cost $3000+ to repair the Fold in the lifetime it is used.

25. M.O.A.B

Posts: 322; Member since: Feb 13, 2015

You must be the brightest crayon in the box.

13. apple-rulz

Posts: 2190; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

The Fold was eight plus years in development, and a $2k pricetag, yet you can't even touch the screen with a fingernail. Still, the SDF defends this overblown piece of junk.

22. MEeee

Posts: 438; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

I guess only iOS users digged their fingers into the screen when they use their iDevices.

31. banglazbless

Posts: 135; Member since: Feb 05, 2014

It'll take apple 16 years to come close to something like the fold.

20. TerryD

Posts: 553; Member since: May 09, 2017

$599 for a back panel? I'd get them to just glue a second screen on the back instead, it'd be cheaper.

21. TerryD

Posts: 553; Member since: May 09, 2017

Your best bet with the Galaxy fold is to leave the box unopened and then flog it in about 10 years or so as a pristine gen 1 foldable device.

27. Vokilam

Posts: 1277; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

Wow, those costs for Apple Devices are ridiculous. I get it that labor is included, but why can’t Apple make it easy to replace? Oh wait...: money! This is why I will always advocate for metal backing - look at the cost of replacing that stupid pointless glass. I don’t care for inductive charging at all. And I’m sure if manufacturers gave choice of same models with glass backing (and inductive charging) OR metal backing (without ind. charging) - I bet at least half the people will by metal backs! Aluminum is better heat dissipation, much more rigid when dropped, and looks and feels so much better - look at iPhone 5/5s/SE for example.

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