Are the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ easy to repair? iFixit has the answer

Are the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ easy to repair? iFixit has the answer
The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ are officially launching on April 21, but they're already shipping to some lucky customers. We ourselves got our hands on the two smartphones, so you can go ahead and read our Galaxy S8 review and Galaxy S8+ review. But, if you want to see what's inside the Galaxy S8 series, there's no better place to check out than iFixit.

Tearing down both the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, iFixit unsurprisingly discovered that the handsets are pretty much the same on the inside - just as they are on the outside - although the S8+ includes a significantly larger battery.

iFixit notes that the glass-on-glass construction (paired with strong adhesives) makes the Galaxy S8 quite hard to open up. And, while various components can be replaced independently, the battery is definitely not easy to take out, and the front glass is nearly impossible to replace without damaging the curved display. Overall, both the Galaxy S8 and S8+ are getting repairability scores of just 4 out of 10. For those keeping track, that's comparable with the repairability scores that last year's Galaxy Note 7 and Galaxy S7 edge received (4 and 3, respectively). In other words, if you need to fix your Galaxy S8 / S8+, you shouldn't try to do it at home, as it's not an easy thing to do. 

For a thorough look at the innards of Samsung's latest flagship smartphones, visit iFixit's website via the source links below.


source: iFixit (Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+)

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Galaxy S8
  • Display 5.8" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2350 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(30h talk time)
Galaxy S8+
  • Display 6.2" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2450 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3500 mAh(24h 3G talk time)

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32 Comments

1. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

This curved screen has to stop now. One of the lowest scores ever. Lg's approac towards an edge to edge screen is better tbh. Less beautiful but more polished and better in almost every way.

2. Tariq123

Posts: 186; Member since: May 15, 2016

In my opinion, its great b/c it gives people who like curve display an option to buy Samsung and people who prefer some bezel to get LG. "Stopping curve display now" will reduce customer options by a lot. I personally don't like curve either and prefer G6, but Samsung has sold millions of phones with curve display so clearly, that option is great for many people and should be available

8. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

I'm getting the S8 active full price when its gonna be out. The power, The battery and flat screen. xondk you mean more ppl enjoy samsung marketing approach but its okay.

35. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Marketing approach? At least here in Denmark, there really is no additional marketing other then well, their announcing and then various sites and shops put it up? so not sure.

33. zenun12

Posts: 205; Member since: Oct 31, 2016

You mean the S7 edge? The Note7? Consumers don't have options, a curved display currently is, in my opinion, a proof of concept, it's only there for looks, no practical usefulness. For the S7 edge, it's the best phablet Samsung put out at the time and people had no choice for a flat screen model without those upgraded specs like the large screen and the larger battery. For the Note7, Samsung just shoved it down our throats, it's not a selling point, it's just there as an add-on for me.

4. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

More people seem to enjoy Samsung's approach? Seems that simple?

6. jellmoo

Posts: 2620; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

To be fair, correlation does not imply causation.

26. PHYCLOPSH

Posts: 652; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

Okay T.I...

9. RoryBreaker

Posts: 234; Member since: Oct 11, 2015

I agree that there should be an option, that's the problem...Samsung has taken away our options. They should have repeated what they did with the 7 & done both.

14. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

No they should not. They still make a flat screen phone. You have plenty of options. You can get an older S, and older Note or get an A series. The A- series is very compariable to other OEM options including the iPhone. The S and Note are the top premium models. As far as Samsung taking away the flat option? Well they make over 40 phones that are flat. These simply are no longer on the list. Your option isn't gone, its just limited to 40 other phones and not these 2. Even though I dont like the S at all, i need a temporary replacement for my Note 7, until the Note 8. I need access to all my stuff and only the S8 will give me that as my backup only supports Android 6.0 or higher and cant be restored to a lower phone. Samsung has only removed 1 option for a flat display and that si on the Note. If you want a flatten S8, the S8 Active is still an option. Not as pretty as the S8 and S8+, but has the same functions and is more durable. You dont even need to buy a case.

19. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

@techiexp1969 even though you don't like the S at all, yet you bought one and tell everybody here to kill himself if you sense a hint at criticizing Samsung products. You s**t on Apple on every article yet you bought one like a moron. What a hypocrite.

23. darkkjedii

Posts: 31274; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Well said.

29. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

So what. As I stated, I bought the S because I need a Note replacement. I buy lots of things because I dont like them. I dont like Windows, but I need a Windows PC. You are such a stupid troll. I didnt know liking something is a REQUIREMENT for purchase. Some things have to be bought because they are NEEDED. I dont have a Note 7. I NEED A GALAXY DEVICE that supports Android 6.0 and will support Samsung unique appsl. I have 100's of documents I made with Samsung Notes. Samsung Notes is not supported on any device except the Note or S6 and above. I've already has the S6 and S6 edge+, I dont want them anymore. My wife has the S7 edge, I dont like the S7 edge. The S8 is a very nice phone. I just dont like the S overall. SO WHAT! I dont liek the S, I simply need it because I need access to my files and Samsung Secure Folfer is not supported on older Galaxy devices. See you dont have any sense. You are just stupid.

32. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

I don't know who's not making any sense, me or you who can't construct a coherent sentence. And if you haven't realized already, yes you buy what you like with your hard earned money instead of buying them and bitching about them in a phone website like a dumbass.

5. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

yes because 99.999999% of people who buy a phone want to fix it themselves.

21. mixedfish

Posts: 1560; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

99.999999% of people will fix it themselves if the product was accessible enough to be fixable.

11. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

First off its a choice. If you like flat screens, which we have had since forever, you still have that option. Curved screens give a different option. You don't like them? Why keep coming back here commenting on every S8 article? LG's approach is different. Better is subjective. LG's phone is no easier to repair for someone who is tech illiterate, no matter how the phone is made. Here in-house, we know exactly what adhesive Samsung uses. We know exactly what temperature is needed to melt the glue. We know the exact locations of the adhesives and we can remove the glass very easily. We've also learn how to remove the front and rear glass without using a prying tool. We simply use a strong suction machine which holds the glass at both ends. As the glue is melted, the phone is slowly pulled away from the glass. We've gotten it to a point we have only a 30% glass breakage, which lowers the cost of having to buy extra glass replacements during phone repairs. Today's phone was design not to be repaired by the user. Just like today's car is designed not to be repaired by the driver. The design is made to prevent tampering with the components as they are expensive and easy to damage if handled improperly.

18. omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

Not really. Only way to achieve that kind of symmetry and ergonomics would be with a curve display. If the back was metal than yeah keep the sides metal or plastic. Since the back is glass and the front is predominantly glass anyways, why not keep front and back exactly 50\50, rather than 40 front\60 back. The only issue I had with the edge models was ergomically it felt weird due to the back feeling completely different from the front.

34. lightyears

Posts: 69; Member since: Aug 24, 2015

Are you kidding? The phone is gorgeous because of curved screen.

3. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Better then expected.

7. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I'm curious when anyone ever repaired their own phone. The last Galaxy that was easy to repair was the S5 and the Note 2. Even though the Note 3 had a modular design, it was harder tpo repair than the Note 2. Any phone that is dual glass, isn't gonna be user repairable,unless you know how to use or have a heat gun or hair drying to melt the adhesive. The glass is hard to remove even after you melt it and its nearly impossible to repair without breaking the glass. No one really repairs their phone, the the point is moot. Even if you could repair it, the repair parts themselves for the front glass with the display is nearly $300. It will be cheaper to replace it with the carriers insurance @ $175 ! $200 depending on your carrier. I wonder what the repairability of a car is today vs 20 years ago PA?! Hmmm! You all wanted fancier materials. Such materials are more expensive to make in a modular design. So such designs now use a unibodied case structure with cutouts for components. The case is no longer screwed together because there is glass on both sides. Even though the design si not practical, it really doesn't matter, the vast majority dont repair their own phone, even when phones had a 90% repair-ability score.

10. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

you obviously dont know car mechanic well. Today car are so easy to repair i could order all the part and build the car myself from ground up. i dont like Apple but its seem you can also do the same with iphone. So i am sorry beside waterproofing ( thats make casing hard to open up and even harder to close up and keep waterproofing ) no excuse exist for making phone impossible to repair none.

16. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

A car mechanic is a certified professional. What the hell you talking about a mechanic vs a typical standard driver? Ifixit is like a mechanic for a phone. They are authorized trained personnel. I fail to see who this compares to an everyday user? As I said...the average job doesn't repair their own car or phone. It takes a knowledgeable person. How many mechanics are their in the whole world vs everyone else? I know you can read words...but can you even comprehend them?

27. sissy246

Posts: 7124; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

"Today car are so easy to repair i could order all the part and build the car myself from ground up" For the average Joe a new car now day would not be easy to repair, just like to the average Joe a phone would not be easy to repair. I agree with techie on that one.

30. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

If everyone could repair aa car liek you claim because its so easy, car mechanics would be out of business. I highly doubt you could but a car together from just having the parts. You probably could put some of it together. But not all of it. If it was easy, we would all order cars in parts, ship to our house an build them in the backyard. There must be a reason we have carlots to buy cars. lol

12. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

As for repairing your phone yourself i agree most wont. but a phone with a better scoore mean its easier for repair center to repair it so will cost less in labor cost to repair it and will encourage such repair center to offer repair for those model. This is only a tactic to force you to change phone.

13. RoryBreaker

Posts: 234; Member since: Oct 11, 2015

I agree all the noise about "premium materials" make phones impossible to fix & prices to rise.

15. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1575; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

Easy to repair or not I'll still tear my Note 5 and S7 apart to put new batteries in them before I toss them for having terrible battery life.

17. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Harder is not equal to impossible.

20. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1831; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

So many babies crying in these articles it's sickening... If you don't like a curved screen then don't buy it but numbers don't lie, Samsung sold more curved screens phone's than it's flat counterparts when consumers had the option. As a business what would you do for your bottom line?

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