Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra Gets a Reparability Score of 3 Out of 10 in iFixit Teardown

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra uses strong adhesive that makes opening the phone tricky.

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Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra Gets a Reparability Score of 3 Out of 10 in iFixit Teardown

Samsung has also glued down the battery, making it hard to remove

Highlights
  • A teardown has hinted at the reparability of Samsung’s Galaxy S20 Ultra
  • The phone scores poorly in the teardown
  • Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra is priced at Rs. 92,999 in India

Samsung's latest flagship, the Galaxy S20 Ultra could be an easy phone to repair, but only if one makes it through the phone's strong adhesive without cracking either of the two glass sides or ruining the adhesive, a teardown by iFixit has revealed. The teardown shows that the phone becomes slightly easier to take apart after you have passed the first obstacle in this strongly glued glass sandwich. The hardware, according to the teardown, is very similar to that on the Galaxy Note 10+ 5G.

The iFixit teardown shows that Samsung seems to have used a slightly tougher adhesive in the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra than usual, making the first step of repairing this phone very hard. According to iFixit, “painstakingly un-gluing the fragile glass rear cover” is a big task with the phone.iFixit has awarded the phone a reparability score of just 3 out of ten, mainly because of the adhesive and its glued-down battery. The battery removal is quite tricky in the Galaxy S20 Ultra especially because you have to work around with board interconnect cables.

“All-too-common display repairs require either a complete teardown or replacing half the phone,” iFixit wrote in its teardown.

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra Specifications

The Galaxy S20 Ultra was launched last month, and is a part of Samsung's Galaxy S20-series of flagship smartphones. It comes with a 6.90-inch display with 1,440x3,200 pixels resolution. The phone is powered by octa-core Samsung Exynos 990 SoC, paired with 12GB of RAM.

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra also packs a quad rear camera setup that houses with a 108-megapixel primary camera, a second 48-megapixel camera, a 12-megapixel camera, and a depth sensor. On the front, it sports a 40-megapixel selfie shooter.

It is priced at Rs. 92,999 in India.

  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery Life
  • Camera
  • Value for Money
  • Good
  • Top-notch build quality
  • Gorgeous display
  • Excellent cameras, zoom capability
  • Good battery life
  • Clean UI
  • Bad
  • Big and unwieldy
  • Extremely expensive
Display 6.90-inch
Processor Samsung Exynos 990
Front Camera 40-megapixel
Rear Camera 108-megapixel + 48-megapixel + 12-megapixel + Depth
RAM 12GB
Storage 128GB
Battery Capacity 5000mAh
OS Android 10
Resolution 1440x3200 pixels
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Darab Mansoor Ali Darab Mansoor Ali is trying his hand at being a tech journalist. An enthusiastic petrolhead and an advocate of equal rights for all, Darab is also an avid football follower. His expertise in the tech space lies in gadgets such as mobile phones, laptops, speakers, and gaming consoles. Currently working at NDTV Gadgets 360, Darab has reported on technology and automotive both for several platforms previously. More
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