Update, February 17 2020 (5:30AM ET): We’ve updated our article to include repair costs for the brand-new Samsung Galaxy Z Flip. You can scroll down to view these details and information on repairs for other foldable phones.
2019 marked the debut of foldable smartphones, after years of rumors and speculation. Between Huawei, Samsung, and Motorola, there are several prominent devices either on the market already or waiting in the wings.
The last thing you want to do is drop your new purchase, as foldable displays are cutting-edge technology and pricey as well. But what’s the damage to your wallet if your foldable phone needs a screen repair? We’ve got you covered with our rundown.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip
The clamshell foldable is arguably the most polished foldable phone yet, offering a slick design and a cheaper price than other devices on this list. You’ll still be paying some premium pricing for this device though.
Buy the clamshell phone before December 31 2020 and you can get your screen repaired for $119. This is a one-time deal though, so tough luck if you break the screen a second time.
Samsung Galaxy Fold
The first foldable phone from a major brand saw a massive delay from April to September, as Samsung fixed flaws found by reviewers. Nevertheless, the ~$2,000 Galaxy Fold is available in quite a few markets now, bringing the foldable concept to commercial reality.
Related: The best Samsung Galaxy Fold cases
Samsung is discounting your first Galaxy Fold screen repair (at least in the US), charging $149 as part of the Galaxy Fold Premier Service. This applies if you bought the device before December 31. What happens thereafter though?
Huawei Mate X
Huawei’s first foldable phone is only available in China now, presumably due to the device lacking Google certification and therefore Google Play Services.
In any event, Huawei’s website pegs a replacement screen at 7,080 yuan (~$1,010). That’s almost half the price of the Mate X in China, currently retailing for around ~$2,400. This seems like the price for the screen only rather than any labor, so it’s possible the final price will change.
Motorola’s first foldable phone is a tribute to the Razr of yore, offering a clamshell design that opens up to reveal a tall screen. It’s the cheapest foldable device from a major brand, coming in at $1,500, but it’s still pricey compared to traditional flagships (especially with its mid-range specs otherwise).
PhoneArena reports that a screen replacement for the Razr costs $299, citing Verizon and Motorola, which makes it the cheapest foldable screen repair around. This is actually only $20 more expensive than a Galaxy S10 5G screen replacement. In other words, if you like the idea of a foldable phone but have butterfingers, you might want to get the Razr.
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