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Galaxy S5 Mini is as tricky to repair as flagship big brother

iFixit tears apart the pint-sized handset
Wed Jul 30 2014, 15:20
Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini teardown

THE SAMSUNG GALAXY S5 MINI is just as hard to repair as its flagship big brother, according to the teardown experts at iFixit.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 was torn apart by iFixit earlier this year, earning it a repairability score of five out of 10, lower than both the iPhone 5S and last year's Galaxy S4. At the time, iFixit noted that this was the "lowest ever score" it has given to a Samsung smartphone.

It seems that the Galaxy S5 Mini will prove just as tricky to take apart and put back together again, with iFixit having pulled apart the pint-sized handset to see how easy it will be to repair, and giving it an identical five out of 10 ranking.

Much like it found with the flagship Galaxy S5, iFixit noted that this low score is largely due to the Galaxy S5 Mini's display, which is held down with adhesive.

iFixit noted, "It is held in with a significant amount of adhesive and requires very careful and persistent prying, as well as a considerable amount of heat to remove without cracking the glass or cutting cables.

"It's the same picking, prying, pain-in-the-pants process as in the Galaxy S5 - nasty adhesive included."

What's more, the team noted that to fix anything besides the handset's battery the screen will have to first be removed, "risking extra damage on the way to a repair".

It isn't all bad news, though. iFixit noted that the Galaxy S5 Mini's battery is easy to remove and replace thanks to the handset's removable back cover, and added, "Once you get the device open, several components are modular and fairly easy to replace, such as the cameras, headphone jack, vibrator motor, and speakers." µ


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