Galaxy S21: this teardown shows that it is relatively easy to repair

It didn’t take long before someone tried to take the Galaxy S21 apart. Surprise: the smartphone does not present any major obstacle during the operation, the most difficult being indeed to remove its battery. The teardown also highlighted Samsung’s new thermal pad system, which serves to cool the chipset.

Samsung Galaxy S21 disassembly
Credits: PBKRreviews via YouTube

The now usual smartphone teardowns are a highly anticipated event for their users. The future owners of Galaxy S21 will be delighted: immediately announced, immediately dismantled. The day after his presentation, YouTuber PBKRreviews posted a video where he tackles Samsung’s new flagship. The result turns out more reassuring than you might expect: the smartphone is amazing easy to dismantle and, therefore, to be repaired.

This is a real surprise because in recent years, manufacturers have not really accustomed us to offering easily removable devices. The Galaxy S20 Ultra, in particular, has proven to be nearly impossible to repair. The greatest difficulty encountered by PBKRreviews has obviously been to remove the battery, this one not being equipped with bands allowing its removal without hindrance. The most viable option is thus to apply a heat source able to melt the glue holding it in place.

Phew, the Galaxy S21 is easily disassembled

Samsung has thus managed to refine the design of its flagship without ignoring its accessibility which, although it has already been noted that this one remains overall quite similar to that of its predecessor, is still a small feat in itself. At a price starting at 859 €, it is reassuring to know that it will be possible to repair your smartphone without too much difficulty in case of technical problem.

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We also notice in the PBKRreviews video that Samsung has again used its de graphite thermal pad, already present on the Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy S20 Ultra, to cool the smartphone chipset. If this system offers relatively similar results to a more classic device, it is proof that Samsung is experimenting with other ways of designing and improve the performance of its devices.