The Galaxy Note 7 features a gorgeous curved display and a matching glass panel in back. The result is one of Samsung’s best smartphone designs ever, but it turns out the same details also make it pretty difficult to repair the device if something goes wrong.
iFixit published its teardown of the Galaxy Note 7 this week, giving the device a pretty poor repairability score of 4 out of 10. The report points to the smartphone’s curved display as a major issue, noting that it’s likely to break if you try repairing the glass cover in front. The rear glass panel and non-removable battery are also particularly tough to replace thanks to some strong adhesive used in Samsung’s design.
On the plus side, many of the components inside the Galaxy Note 7 are modular. So once you open up the device, it’s relatively easy to swap out specific parts. Samsung also improved its cable layout so it’s easier to remove the new charging port board.
The teardown also reveals some of the powerful technology powering the Galaxy Note 7. You can see all three of the device’s cameras, including the new iris scanner. Samsung also took great effort to make the device as water-resistant as possible with tweaks to the speaker, the headphone jack and even the volume buttons.
The good news is you can always send your device back to Samsung for repairs.