iFixit teardown shows the Samsung Galaxy S21 is easier to repair than the S20, still not perfect

Peter, 05 February 2021

iFixit took apart a Samsung Galaxy S21 and gave it a repairability rating of 4 out of 10. While the S20 never got an official rating from iFixit, this year’s flagship is clearly easier to repair. Check out the video below for a look at the critical areas.

Long story short, the plastic back is easier to remove than a glass panel (you don’t have to worry about cracking it). The flat display is easier to remove as well, it also helps that display cable is now detachable.

The less than perfect score is because the two most common repairs – changing the battery or the display – are still pretty tough. Samsung glues down the batteries in its phones instead of using pull tabs, so taking it out is no easy feat.

Samsung Galaxy S21: iFixit repairability score Samsung Galaxy S21: Fingerprint reader size comparison with S20
Samsung Galaxy S21: iFixit repairability score • Fingerprint reader size comparison with S20

Check out the iFixit report for more details. By the way, the video has a great side by side shot of the new fingerprint reader next to the one on the S20 – it has a much larger surface area (the sensor is discussed after the 3 minute mark in the video).


Reader comments

What did he say? I can't see cuz It's deleted

Lol please, I'm not going to give more money to an already rich company like that fruit brand.

Are you a Samsung sales and service advisor btw? 😏

Popular articles


Popular devices

Electric Vehicles