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Let’s reflect on the battery issue… how much will it cost?

Samsung’s pair of Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge smartphones have a lot of things going for them: a new design, premium build, a QHD SAMOLED display, brand new flash storage, great cameras… the list goes on and on. One thing that long time Galaxy fans will be quick to point out, however, is the non-removable battery. In the effort to make the phones as thin as possible, and keep design aesthetics in tow, a unibody make was selected. With all reports indicating the flagship is mighty hard to disassemble, it leaves some hardcore users wincing at the thought of the device not lasting them past the evening.

Thanks to a spokesperson at Samsung, we now have a better idea of just what kind of situation the daunting “battery replacement” crisis will entail: for the first year, the battery is covered under warranty and a free replacement will be offered should the capacity fall under 80% of the initial starting point. Shipping is not included, although Samsung neglected to specify just how much said courier fee would cost. After the warranty period ends, a new battery will cost $45 plus shipping.

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Suffice to say this isn’t for the faint at heart, or short of patience.

It is not currently known just how Samsung would deal with the battery issue: in the past there have been reports of OEMs opting to provide refurbished devices with new batteries when the swap method isn’t so simple. Given how difficult it is to open the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, perhaps this method would be used. On the other hand, perhaps Samsung will indeed just replace the battery on your unit. Regardless, it’s essential to back up the data and all contents within prior to sending the phone away for servicing.

It was also revealed that it will cost $199 to get a screen replacement for the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, with a one-day turnaround.

For those living in either Los Angeles, California or Plano, Texas (like one intrepid tech-compatriot does), you can actually take your device to a repair center there for same-day fixing. Samsung has plans to open more facilities in additional cities in the US as time progresses. This plan might also indicate that upcoming devices could use the same sealed-in battery element as opening additional facilities just for the pair of S6 phones would be quite costly even if they are very popular.

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