The Galaxy S20 series are the best current smartphones from Samsung. With high-end specs and a 120 Hertz display, the smartphones leave nothing to be desired. The new Galaxy S20 Ultra stands out for its camera with optical zoom and 100x digital zoom. However, Samsung placed little emphasis on the repairability of its new smartphones. Repair specialist ifixit confirms, we show you how the Galaxy S20 Ultra and its model siblings fared at iFixit.
A sticky battery makes replacement difficult
The large 5,000 mAh battery in the Galaxy S20 Ultra is glued to the entire bottom of the case. The ifixit experts were only able to remove it with great difficulty, using a suction cup and a little isopropyl alcohol. Also, the connecting wires on the circuit board are very close to the battery, making replacement even more difficult.
The smartphone opens from behind
As usual with Samsung smartphones, experts open the Galaxy S20 Ultra at ifixit from the back. To do this, the easily breakable glass backing must be heated so that the adhesive can be removed. Most smartphones from other major manufacturers like Apple and Huawei open through the screen. At Samsung, when replacing the screen, the entire interior must be removed in order to use the new screen.
Impressive camera technology
The teardown of the Galaxy S20 Ultra at ifixit also reveals the smartphone’s exciting camera tech. Since the zoom lens would stick out of the housing too much, it was simply rotated 90 degrees. Instead of shining directly onto the sensor, the light is deflected by a prism and directed through a tunnel filled with moving lenses. Only then does it hit the sensor at the end of the tunnel. This is how Samsung realized the impressive 4x optical zoom on the Galaxy S20 Ultra.
Galaxy S20 Ultra Repairability Score on ifixit
When it comes to repairing the Galaxy S20 Ultra, ifixit criticizes, among other things, the fragile rear glass, which is difficult to remove, and the stuck battery. To repair the screen, the entire smartphone must also be disassembled. Just the use of identical cross bolts throughout the interior was a plus. For this reason, ifixit gives a repairability score of only 3 out of a maximum of 10 points.
Galaxy S20 + also badly rated
To do this, iFixit also disassembled the Galaxy S20 Plus. This one also opens from the back, has a battery attached and does not differ from its older brother in terms of repairability. For this reason, the Galaxy S20 Plus also receives a repairability score of just 3 out of a maximum of 10 points. The smaller Galaxy S20’s rating should be identical.
Samsung tends to score worse when it comes to repairability. Huawei typically scores 4-5 out of 10 with its smartphones and Apple scores 6-7 out of 10. So far, only the Fairphone has been able to score the full 10 points.