For as durable as the Galaxy Note 8 is, it’s still made of a lot of glass, which means one drop could spell disaster. The next logical question is to ask how easy the Note 8 is to fix, which a new teardown from iFixit has revealed is not easy.
To get things started, you’ll need a hot glue gun to loosen the adhesive that keeps the back glass panel down. Once the back is loose, opening the back of the device reveals the wireless charging pad is front and center.
Luckily, you’ll only need to remove standard Phillips screws to begin taking apart the internals.
The main thing you’ll likely need to replace is the battery, and it is drowned in a ton of adhesive.
Following iFixit’s instructions when removing the motherboard is highly recommended. One wrong move and your very expensive phone will be done.
iFixit ultimately gives the Galaxy Note 8 a repairability score of 4. That’s not great, but it’s better than the 1 the Essential Phone scored earlier this week. So, it could be worse.
The good news is the Note 8 is pretty durable. But if you do ever need to repair the device, it won’t be easy.