A lot of glue and difficult display replacement: the maintainability of the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra was rated at a C grade


The specialists of the iFixit repair shop have finally gotten to the flagship smartphone Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra, released in winter. By tradition, they took it apart to the last screw, carefully studied the novelty and, as a result, assessed the maintainability on a ten-point scale. And alas, we have nothing to please you with. Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra fails the maintainability test. And the main reason for this was its display. But first things first.

Of course, before you start repairing the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra, you have to open it and this is where the first difficulty lies. Yes, there is no glass at the back and you can not be afraid that it will break in the process, but the panel with the camera block on the back cover is so firmly glued that you have to tinker with it. In addition, the display cable is not modular, which makes it difficult to replace the screen, which is also carefully glued. It is not easy to remove the smartphone battery and the reason is the same — a lot of glue. And in order to get to the display and the battery, which more often than other components require repair or replacement, you will need to completely disassemble the smartphone.

But there are also pluses. Among them — the use of standard screws of the same size and length, simplifies the assembly process. Modding enthusiasts can replace the camera block panel or paint it in any color they want. And most of the internal components of a smartphone are modular, which makes replacing them simpler and easier.

When evaluating the maintainability of the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra, iFixit specialists gave it only three points out of ten. This low score means that the smartphone is quite difficult to repair, though possible.

Recall that the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is the top model in the Galaxy S21 family. It features a 6.8-inch AMOLED display with Quad HD + resolution, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 or Exynos 2100 processor (depending on the region), 12 GB or 16 GB of RAM and a quad camera on the back with a 108 megapixel main sensor from Samsung.