iFixit says that the Samsung Galaxy S7 is even tougher to repair than its predecessor

iFixit says that the Samsung Galaxy S7 is even tougher to repair than its predecessor
Although this is not the first time that the Samsung Galaxy S7 gets the teardown treatment, the hardware experts from iFixit have recently released their own teardown analysis. Unfortunately, the Samsung Galaxy S7 is not the type of smartphone that you'd want to repair on your own.

iFixit gave the Samsung Galaxy S7 a repairability score of 3 out of 10 points. That's a whole point lower than the repairability score that iFixit noted the Galaxy S6 with, and obviously a terrible score overall.

As the teardown experts note, the battery of the smartphone can be removed without taking out the motherboard first, unlike how battery replacements went on the Galaxy S6. Unfortunately, the battery is still pretty well glued in place, making replacement a difficult undertaking overall.

Another repairability impediment is that the USB port cannot be replaced without taking down the display first. Worse still, the display is prone to damage when removed. Even taking a look inside the handset poses its challenge in the form of a strong adhesive on the rear glass panel.



Once inside, the rubber seals that the Samsung Galaxy S7 needs for its IP68-rated water resistance will also make life harder if you want to replace certain components.

This new teardown gives us another look at the cooling heat pipe that Samsung refers to as liquid cooling, although as iFixit notes, it's really more of a "copper twig".

If you need to take a close look at the internal hardware of the Samsung Galaxy S7, such as the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset, the 12MP primary camera module, the 3000mAh battery, and all the radios, chips, connectors, and antennas, check out the source link below! For details on the performance and the software, check out our detailed Samsung Galaxy S7 review.


source: iFixit

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Galaxy S7
  • Display 5.1" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(28h 3G talk time)

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28 Comments

1. shaineql

Posts: 522; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

who cares yolo

2. shaineql

Posts: 522; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

pun intended , for idiots ,because its that kind of website .

6. Bm888

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 06, 2015

There can never be perfect everything.. When Samsung used to have plastic builds.. On their Flagships, and easy repair ability there used to be *bitching, now 'premium designs, IP certification, and utmost hardware, some negative publicity arises about hard repair-ability.. There comes a time we get satisfied with what we pushed Samsung to be now...

19. greyarea

Posts: 267; Member since: Aug 14, 2015

Why are you here then? Feel more at home around the idiots?

5. kenfold

Posts: 16; Member since: Mar 06, 2016

iFixit is a shameless Apple Fanboy site. Who f**king cares. Because this site and its writers are biased (iFixit). This is not true. The exaggeration in this post. They campaign (Apple cowards) against Samsung S7. The Fairphone 2 received a 10 out of 10 (iFixit - Dec 4, 2015), On April 3, 2014, iFixit announced a partnership with Fairphone (Wikipedia). Confirmed, iFixit is a biased site. and fraud site.

11. Ninetysix

Posts: 2965; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

iFixit is as fake as your new account mrkumaran.

26. kenfold

Posts: 16; Member since: Mar 06, 2016

Oops, You are a fool. I just copy and posted here.iFixit is as fake as your new account Ninetysix (Fake name).

27. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

I can confirm Ninetysix is a troll

28. Ninetysix

Posts: 2965; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Negged

18. greyarea

Posts: 267; Member since: Aug 14, 2015

so iFixit is both a appple and also fairphone shill site? Feel free to run with that and start an unbiased teardown site that ends up with as much legitimacy as iFixit. I heard heard strangers talk crap about snopes and internetarchive they must also for sure have no legitimacy.

3. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

It's waterproofed so of course its tougher.

4. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

There's always gonna be a trade-off. People kept yapping about flaps on the S5, now they've eliminated that at the cost of being less DIY repairable. Nothing wrong with that.

7. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Well it should be because of the IP68 certification for one. As soon as you bust open all those original seals, you will lose the its water resistance. The best thing to to is, if you break your phone, pay the deductible and replace it. The Galaxy phones are no longer modular like they were when they were plastic as some call it. So with premium materials as everyone calls it, you lose the benefit of an easy repair. IFixit may as well just move to something else because most flagships are goign to be less modular in design until Project Aura takes flight.

8. TBomb

Posts: 1579; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Either you want an easily repairable phone, or you want a regular-sized phone with a whole bunch of stuff packed into it.... a puzzle the size of a car is easy if there's 10 pieces. A puzzle the size of a notebook is hard if there's 5000.

9. Trakker

Posts: 283; Member since: Feb 11, 2016

Replacing the battery is my only issue because if I keep it for 2 years I'll be swapping the battery after 1 year and will have to pay an official Samsung repair centre or I'll lose the warranty.

10. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

The S4 is the easiest to work on. I work on those all the time. The S5's are ridiculous. Haven't touched an S6 or Note 5 and probably won't.

16. TBomb

Posts: 1579; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

You mean im not the noly one still stuck with one of these S4's????

17. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

Well, not exactly. I work hardware/software support and we have hundreds of them in the field.

13. csoulr666

Posts: 116; Member since: Nov 04, 2013

Isn't that obvious? Most phones with complex looking builds are hard to repair. Adding water resistance means shutting the phone completely from the inside. So yeah, it would likely be harder to repair than the S6

14. Clars123

Posts: 1078; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

I figured that's obvious given the water proof sealing and the curved back glass as well as how compact the devices are...at 72% for the S7 and 76.01% for the edge the components have to go somewhere

15. Anonn

Posts: 230; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

Galaxy S7 recieved BETTER iFixit Score than NEXUS 6P!. Nexus 6P scored worse with just 2 out of 10. Did you see any headline news about Nexus 6P awful iFixit repairability score ?! https://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/Nexus+6P+Teardown/51660 If you really care about your device, just take it to an authorized service centre.

20. greyarea

Posts: 267; Member since: Aug 14, 2015

23. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Ifixit should try to fix your website. Now that would be a challenge for sure. Well back to Awsome Android Central for some good tech news.

24. greyarea

Posts: 267; Member since: Aug 14, 2015

So confused why so many people come here, just to say coming here sucks. "Well back to Awsome Android Central for some good tech news." Right you mean like http://www.androidcentral.com/galaxy-s7-teardown-reveals-how-samsung-packed-bigger-battery-alongside-other-components

25. flavius22

Posts: 218; Member since: Aug 23, 2015

At least it wont brick your phone

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