The Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8 Plus are extremely difficult to repair, a teardown of both devices performed by iFixit has revealed. Following a careful disassembling procedure, smartphone repair experts at iFixit concluded that Samsung didn't make repairing either member of its latest flagship family easy. In terms of differences between the models, the teardown didn't reveal many, as both the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8 Plus seemingly feature similar hardware configurations and primarily differ in terms of size. With that said, taking either apart is not a simple task, as the adhesive holding the panels of both devices needs a lot of heat before it becomes soft enough so that it can be pried open. The actual process of doing so will almost certainly break the glass panels of the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8 Plus, making these devices extremely difficult to repair unless that repair also includes a panel replacement.
Still, the glass-heavy design of the handsets made it easier for Samsung to integrate antennas into the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8 Plus, the teardown revealed, though that decision severely affected the repairability of both devices. This design philosophy isn't too dissimilar to the one Samsung adopted for the Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 Edge, both of which have proven to be rather difficult to repair. Furthermore, the 6.2-inch Galaxy S8 Plus is almost identical to the Galaxy Note 7 in terms of battery capacity and voltage, the teardown revealed.
Overall, iFixit doesn't recommend opening either the Galaxy S8 or the Galaxy S8 Plus unless that course of action is absolutely necessary. Seeing how both the front and back panels of the devices are made of glass, opening them without breaking anything is extremely challenging, while the curved screen of the handsets almost guarantees that any attempt to replace the front glass will also destroy the actual display, iFixit concluded. On a somewhat brighter note, the actual internal components of the smartphones aren't too difficult to replace as most of them are modular, while the batteries themselves are also replaceable, provided one can actually open the devices. The Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8 Plus are scheduled to be released in most markets on Friday, April 21.