According to iFixit, Samsung has integrated the S-Pen into its Galaxy S22 Ultra without making it less repairable than last year’s Galaxy S21 Ultra. But we’re not going to congratulate Samsung either as the iFixit score is still 3/10, which is half as good as the iPhone 13 Pro.


The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra turns out to be a complicated repair. The strong adhesives and fragility of some components are to blame. Samsung has not yet provided a repair manual.

In a video published this Thursday, March 4, the mobile repair giant disassembled the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra and Galaxy S22. The strong adhesive and curved design make the latest Samsung devices a challenge to repair.

This is especially true for the average consumer: according to IFixit, the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra scores 3 out of 10 on the recoverability scale… Far from the repairability index of 8.2/10 that Samsung got in France.

The iFixit video shows us the new integration of the S Pen stylus in the Galaxy S22 Ultra and the usual combination of SoC and Qualcomm 5G modem. It also makes it clear that it will be difficult to repair the device yourself. When disassembling the back of the body, the specialist (who is not on his first attempt at disassembly) is surprised by the fragility of the plastic front (Samsung’s famous glass sticker).

iFixit also points out that to date no repair guide is available for either smartphone. So there is no guarantee that you will find a repairer willing to buy your new S22 if you have the misfortune of having the screen or photo lenses break in the next few days.

French Ministry of Ecological Transition’s recoverability index questioned?

This demonstration by iFixit shows that the recoverability index deployed by the Ministry of Ecological Transition in January 2021 has its limits. Similar efforts on the right to repair are being pursued in the US, but it is clear that companies are unwilling to cooperate, even when regulatory bodies are established.

In the French example, the repairability index forces manufacturers to make all necessary information and spare parts publicly available so that consumers can carry out their own repairs, but Samsung has shown restraint on those points.

What do you think? Have you already bought a case for your S22 Ultra?

Editor’s Note: This article was written by journalist Gabriel Robert, as part of a test to join the editorial staff of NextPit France.

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