20 January 2021
The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G flagship was launched last week and today, we have a teardown video that details the phone's easiness to replace and repair internal parts. The video has been posted on YouTube channel PBKReviews, well-known for tearing down different devices. It gives us a good idea of how easy or difficult it will be to get the device repaired.
The Galaxy S21 Ultra has a glass back panel that was removed using heat. The host makes it clear that glass is used only for the back panel and the camera module is metallic. Both these sections are held together with an adhesive and can be separated if needed. The unit shown in the video is the global version and features a SIM card tray meant for holding only one SIM card at a time.
There are also a few differences in the internal component arrangement when compared to the standard Galaxy S21. It does not have form-ball insulation which helps in amplifying the sound output. It is unknown why did Samsung choose to remove it from the Ultra variant. All other things are pretty standard that you would expect from the smartphone.
The major highlight of the Galaxy S21 Ultra teardown video is the difficulty in taking out the display panel and battery. The process for the display panel is described as, "If you need to replace the screen, you would have to take the backplate off, remove the top cover, and disconnect the screen cable from the mainboard. And then you'd remove the speaker assembly on the bottom. You'd heat up the front of the phone where the screen is, and you pry your old screen off.”
As for the battery, there are no pull tabs to take it out casually and there is adhesive instead. The host has given the flagship a repairability score of 6 out of 10. This makes the process a lot more complicated than it should be. You can check out the whole video below.