According to TechnoBuffalo (what a name), the Samsung Galaxy S4 has a fairly high repairability rating. They published a video teardown of the device earlier today, and they seem to think that Samsung’s latest flagship, unlike the HTC One, is easily disassembled, and reassembled.
So here’s what we’ve learned: the Samsung Galaxy S4 is very easy to repair, almost infinitely easier than the unibody aluminum HTC One. You still might be out of luck if you shatter your screen, but at least most other components can be swapped out easily. Whether or not this changes your buying decision is a totally different story: that’s why warranties exist, right?
This never used to be a thing. Well, maybe it did for some of us but now it seems like everyone wants to take apart the latest and greatest devices. I mean, I can’t say I blame them because I would probably do the same, but it just seems silly that it’s a trendy thing these days. Anyway, I’m getting off topic.
According to the report, the Galaxy S4 should be pretty easy to repair if you do something silly- like climb into a hot tub with it in your pocket (mom). Of course, the Gorilla Glass protecting the screen will be costly to replace if something happens to it, but why does that matter- the stuff is nigh indestructible, right?
Our source told us that the Galaxy S4 is incredibly easy to fix— even easier than the Galaxy S III. Why? The source explained that several components can be easily replaced, including the microSD card slot, the SIM slot, the microUSB charging port, the camera module and more. That’s great news for potential Galaxy S4 owners that are worried about problems down the line. There’s a catch, however.
Our source said the Gorilla Glass display could cause a problem. The glass on the Galaxy Note II and on the Galaxy S III were easier to remove and you could replace the glass component with a third party purchase. Gorilla Glass is expensive, however, and our source estimates replacing it would not be a cheap endeavor… it could cost more than $200. Despite that single concern, however, our source proclaimed it one of the “most repairable smartphones” he or she has ever worked on.
The video isn’t all that revealing for a teardown, especially considering it’s only a minute long. However, there’s enough information provided to make your own assumption about the device. Check out the source for the whole teardown report, it’s also accompanied by some charming images of the stripped device. Hopefully, exposed electrical components don’t turn you on because that would be a little weird, wouldn’t it?
FYI: The header image is not from the TechnoBuffalo teardown. Instead, it came from a similar teardown documented on a Chinese forum.