Samsung has revealed plans for a Fold-style Galaxy Z Flip screen replacement service, after it emerged that the folding device’s glass display scratches as easily as plastic.
Consumers that buy a Samsung Galaxy Z Flip before December 31, 2020, will be able to get the handset’s main screen replaced for $119 (~£90) in the US, or 225,900 KRW (~£150) in South Korea, SamMobile reports.
However, these figures are what Samsung is calling a “one-time special screen replacement price”, which means that if the screen needs replacing again, the job will cost a lot more.
In the US, that price will rise to $499 (~£385), and in South Korea it will cost 753,000 KRW (~£490). These are eye-watering figures, but not exactly surprising.
After all, the standard repair price for the Samsung Galaxy Fold’s folding display is $599 (~£460). With that “one-time special screen replacement” offer, however, it’s $149.
Similarly, it costs $149 to replace the Fold’s front screen, and $99 to replace the Z Flip’s back panel.
Just as the Fold did in the immediate aftermath of its launch last year, the Galaxy Z Flip predictably attracted widespread praise from technology journalists when it was unveiled, but the wave of excitement that only a flip phone can apparently provoke appears to already be wearing off.
This is largely because at the weekend, well-known YouTuber Zack Nelson (aka JerryRigEverything) posted a video that shows that it doesn’t take very much pressure to damage the Z Flip’s folding screen.
Remember, though the Galaxy Z Flip is cheaper than the Galaxy Fold that came before it, it’s still a very expensive handset. In the UK, prices for the Z Flip start at £1300.
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We’ve asked Samsung for UK repair prices for the Z Flip, and will update this story when the company gets back to us.