In an effort to make their new Galaxy S8 series stand out from the crowd, Samsung used the new Infinity Display, and while it is wildly sexy and cool looking, it is very expensive should you ever need to replace the display. The Galaxy S8 Plus display will cost you a whopping €250, or about $271 USD – that is 25-percent higher than the Galaxy S7 Edge display cost to replace. Of course, it is easy to see why it would cost so much, not only due to the materials, but also due to the labor involved to remove the old one and seal up a new one in place. The Galaxy S8 Plus is IP68 certified so you can be sure that lots of sealant/glue was used in the initial process to adhere the curve display to the glass body. The way the Infinity Display blends into the back of the device looks almost seamless, so to repair this beast to make it a beauty again is going to involve some time and money.
Manufacturers are trying to differentiate themselves from the many models of smartphones on the market today, especially the high-end or flagship models. These are the smartphones that command the most money and customers expect them to be something extraordinary with a special display, face recognition, fingerprint sensors, always-on displays, excellent cameras, and so on. These extra features all cost extra money to develop and if something breaks, they cost extra money to repair. You also have to look at the economics of a special feature such as the Galaxy S8's Infinity Display - that display is difficult to construct out of Gorilla Glass 5 and many failures must be tossed aside and it will only be found on the the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus, and while they will sell millions of devices, it is still a limited audience. These factors all add up to something expensive.
It may be a wise decision to purchase an insurance policy for your new Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus as it could save you money in the long run, especially if you do not like to put a case on your device. However, a $15 case may be a better insurance policy and save you a bundle of money in the end. With the cost of today's flagship devices and the costs of repairs, either a case or insurance is almost a must have option.