Tech companies love to explain how their products are more friendly to the environment, but it’s often little more than marketing. For example, while Apple uses smaller boxes and more recycled materials in its new products, the company has also fought against right-to-repair legislation that could prolong the life of older iPhones and Mac computers and keep them in landfills. can be taken out. Samsung is now taking another small step towards sustainability, with a promise to sell replacement parts to anyone in need of a repair.
Repair shops can already purchase replacement components for Samsung’s phones and tablets, but starting “this summer” Samsung says anyone will be able to purchase parts to repair themselves. The program will kick off with the Galaxy S20 and S21 lineup, as well as the Galaxy Tab S7 Plus. Samsung will sell display assemblies with integrated batteries, back glass panels, and charging ports, and you’ll be able to return the used parts to Samsung to recycle.
“Samsung consumers will have access to genuine device parts, repair tools, and intuitive, visual, step-by-step repair guides,” the company said in a press release. Samsung is partnering with iFixit to create repair guides, which appears to be a growing trend with electronics makers – Valve recently worked with iFixit to sell parts and create repair guides for Steam Deck consoles .
Samsung says it plans to increase the availability of parts for more devices. The new Galaxy S22 series is notably missing from the current list, and the inclusion of only one Galaxy Tab model is a bit odd. Still, assuming Samsung follows through on its plans (and replacement parts don’t cost much), it’s a great move to keep working phones and tablets out of landfills.
iFixit already has repair guides available for the Galaxy S21 Ultra and Galaxy S21 Plus, and the rest of the guides will be available “in the coming weeks.”
Source: Samsung, iFixit