TEARDOWN EXPERTS at iFixit have pulled apart the Galaxy S6 Edge revealing that, much like the HTC One M9, it will be a nightmare to repair.
iFixit has looked at Samsung's curved-screened smartphone ahead of its release this Friday, and has revealed that buyers will want to keep the handset well protected. The team gave it a repairability score of just three out of 10.
This is lower than the five out of 10 scored by last year's Galaxy S5, and makes it trickier to fix than the iPhone 6, which scored seven.
However, Samsung can perhaps take some joy from the fact that the Edge scored a point higher than HTC's One M9, which iFixit criticised for glued-down parts and "relaxed quality standards".
Samsung also felt iFixit's wrath owing to the use of adhesive. The Galaxy S6 Edge teardown revealed that "the rear panel is glued on rock solid" which is "definitely not fun" to remove.
"With a lot of help from our iOpener friend, and gobs of patience, we edged our way around the perimeter. With the panel finally off, the adhesive peels off the glass nicely but leaves a sticky residue on the metal midframe," iFixit said.
iFixit encountered problems while trying to prise away the S6 Edge's battery, which is "fully buried" behind the midframe and required a screwdriver and plastic opening tool to remove.
"In every previous Galaxy phone, including even the repair-challenged Galaxy S5 of last year, this is the part where we got to pop out the battery with a fingernail," iFixit said.
"Apparently Samsung wants to keep us disappointed, with a battery fully buried behind the midframe.
"Our old friends, screwdriver and plastic opening tool, jump into the fray to help out. At least it looks like we're done with adhesive. The midframe comes off pretty easily, showing off all the goodies under the hood."
iFixit continued to encounter difficulties when removing the battery. "A glass back and a stubbornly glued battery? Samsung, have you been hanging out with Apple?" the team said.
"Alas, the Apple tactics end all too soon. There are no handy pull tabs in sight, meaning this nasty adhesive needs to be picked away one strip at a time. We assume that Samsung knows how much of a pain this is, given the markings found inside next to the battery."
iFixit also took the opportunity to bemoan the Galaxy S6 Edge's microUSB 2.0 port, a step backwards compared with the USB 3.0 port on the Galaxy S5, and noted that "replacing the glass without destroying the display is going to be very difficult".
The teardown team did have a couple of positive remarks, noting that many components inside the S6 Edge are modular and easily replaceable and praising the handset's improved design compared with last year's model.
The Galaxy S6 Edge also got put through its paces in a three-point bend test (below) and didn't fare too well. µ
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