Samsung has revealed the official repair costs for the Galaxy S10 lineup, particularly for back panel and screen replacements.
These are the highest prices the company has ever set to get a display replaced, surpassing the $239 charge for the Galaxy Note 9.
Galaxy S10 Screen Replacement Cost
On its official website, Samsung has included the prices for the Galaxy S10E, Galaxy S10, and Galaxy S10 Plus in its screen replacement breakdown.
Users will have to fork over $199 to get a broken display of their Galaxy S10E repaired, $249 for the standard Galaxy S10, and $269 for the Galaxy S10 Plus.
These prices aren't surprising considering that they do sport the company's new Infinity-O Display. The Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10 Plus both sport an ultrasonic under-display fingerprint reader too, which presumably adds to the cost of the repairs.
Meanwhile, the Galaxy S10E doesn't have curved displays like on its larger siblings and, just to be clear, an in-display fingerprint sensor. Instead, it has a flat screen and a fingerprint reader under the power button on the side. This likely explains its lower $199 screen replacement cost.
The back panels are, fortunately, $99 to replace across the board, which is the same cost since the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy Note 9 models.
For the record, there's nothing on it for the Galaxy S10 5G variant.
The takeaway here is it's not going to be cheap to have a cracked front display replaced, so it's recommended to take extra care of the Galaxy S10 phones, especially their screens, even if the standard and Plus variants do come with a screen protector off the bat.
It's also worth mentioning that an iFixit teardown revealed it's difficult to repair, and a durability test also found out that a badly damaged screen can prevent the in-display fingerprint reader from working properly.
As Compared To iPhones
To put things into perspective, the front screen and back panel replacements (considered as "other repairs" out of warranty) for the iPhone XS Max cost $329 and $599, respectively. As for the iPhone XS and iPhone X, the prices are $279 and $549.
Now while the iPhone XR's screen replacement costs $199, the same as the Galaxy S10E, a back panel repair is $399.
In Apple's defense, it does offer AppleCare+ that brings the prices down by a lot, not to mention that the new iPhones' back panels are difficult to replace owing to their design, where every component has to be removed and the whole chassis replaced, according to iFixit's teardown.