Samsung's Galaxy S8 and S8+ are finally becoming available this week, following a long hype period. To get you in the mood for picking up one, or receiving your pre-ordered unit, the folks over at iFixit have done what they do best. Namely, they've decided to take apart an S8+ and let us know how easy it would be to repair.
Spoiler alert: not very. The device has scored a measly 4 out of 10 on the repairability scale, where 10 is easiest to repair. The phone's use of front and back glass means there's double the chance you crack something, and these glass panels are held in place by strong adhesive, which means getting inside the S8+ is tough.
What's more, because of its curved screen, replacing the front glass without damaging the display is said to be probably impossible. So there is a cost for those impressive looks in the end, one which you should know - in order to start saving for the inevitable screen repair bills you'll end up having to pay if you aren't incredibly careful.
On the flip side, iFixit says many components are modular and can be replaced independently (if you ever manage to get to them, that is). The battery, for example, is in this situation, but some tough adhesive and the glued-on rear panel make the procedure quite difficult. If you're interested in the nitty-gritty of the teardown, as well as finding out what exact components the S8+ employs, make sure you hit the Source link below for the full report.
Poor repairability + more expensive screen repair = wider screen + smaller bezel. S8 redesign the phone to become more display area but with more difficult to repair.