With Samsung switching to a glass and metal design for their new flagship devices, and a challenging curved screen thrown into the mix on the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge, iFixit has taken on the challenge of figuring out how these new features may impact the repairability of the Galaxy S6 edge. The results are not pretty with the smartphone only getting a score of 3 out of 10, with 10 being the easiest, on iFixit’s repairability scale. The only saving grace is the modular nature of the components, but getting to them is a challenge.
The Galaxy S6 edge is now a “sealed” unit similar to some other devices on the market. This means the first step to getting access to the inside of the device involves a lot of prying to separate the back cover from the mid-frame. iFixit says the glue is quite strong and the fit of the back cover is very tight, making it a challenge to get any kind of adequate leverage in place, so be prepared to take your time on this step.
Once the back cover is off, users will find they still cannot easily access the battery as they will have to remove the mid-frame and the motherboard to get access to it. Once you dig down to it though, the battery has its own strong glue treatment applied to hold it in place. So once again, do-it-yourself repair attempts will need to come with some patience while the glue strips are slowly pried loose.
Moving to the front of the device, iFixit’s attempts to explore the Galaxy S6 edge reveal that the use of Gorilla Glass 4 may be a big benefit if it keeps screens from cracking. Removing the curved glass could easily result in the display getting damaged by the process.
The Galaxy S6 edge represents a major departure in Samsung’s device design philosophy and incorporates some cutting edge technology like the dual curved edges. These advances appear to come at a cost though if the device needs to be repaired in some manner as it will be a lot tougher to get apart.