Samsung reveals self-repair kits, but only for a few phones

A woman walks past a Samsung store and an advertisement for the Samsung Galaxy S21.

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Samsung has taken a file First, temporary Small steps on the way to giving users a choice Self-repair their device. These new repair kits are only available for a select few models, and new parts can still cost a pretty penny.

On Tuesday, the company subscriber New repair kits with original parts in partnership with iFixit. New kits come with guides and tools like OK, but the parts so far are limited to the screens, charging ports, and back glass. Charging ports cost $67 across the board and screens come in at $230, but that’s likely more depending on the phone model. The back glass for each phone is between $70 and $90.

The full list of supported phones includes:

  • Galaxy S21 Ultra
  • Galaxy S20
  • Galaxy S20 +
  • Galaxy S20 Ultra
  • Tab S7 +

Of course, this is still a fraction of the cost of a file New phone (New S21 goes to $530 with barter, or $850 normally), so consider the walkthroughs provided by the folks at iFixIt, it’s definitely a consideration. Repair kits include a return label to ship the broken parts back to the company, which He says it will be recycled.

Samsung announced back in March that she was Finally jumping on the self-repair bandwagonapparently only saw the light of day when Apple announced last year that it would Allow users to repair some of their iPhones. Samsung has always been scolded By the folks at iFixit instead slapdash standards On devices like the early Galaxy Folds, so it’s encouraging to see the two teams teaming up. The new software is currently limited to the United States, and of course, this new set of repair kits does not include the latest models such as the Galaxy S22, Tab8, Galaxy Note, or Galaxy Z Flip/Fold series.

apple chest Its April iPhone repair kits for iPhone 12, iPhone 13 and 3rd generation iPhone SE. The company decided for some reason to offer Tool rental kits are about $50 for a week’s use. At the same time, he Offers More parts and tools for selected production lines, including cameras and sim trays. Its service has similar prices to those offered by Samsung, although the iPhone maker’s repair kits may end up costing a bit less thanks to refunds. Other than the free shipping voucher, Samsung does not offer any credits for return and recycling services.

At the same time, iFixit contains files Criticize Apple’s self-repair program to make spare parts storage difficult, which doesn’t affect individual users but hurts mom and pop repair shops.

Although Samsung’s repair options are relatively simple compared to Apple’s offering, it that they‘repeats’ very limited to any You can replace the parts It is a major sticking point, even with promises of more to come. This is it A good first step, but with How long users and government agencies Claiming the right to self-repair, Samsung’s efforts seem lackluster.

Other major tech companies are also expecting to launch their own self-repair services. Google said back in April that would We have spare parts available For Pixel 2 phones up to Pixel 6 Pro available later this year and the company promises For repair options for the UK, Canada, Europe as well as the US around the same time, Microsoft Published a study The benefits of self-repair are shown, and she promised that she would work to that end. However, it she has She has not made any public statements about the timing of its release Private self-repair service.

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