Is screen cost of the folding phones expensive?

Foldable phones are becoming more and more popular, but they come with drawbacks as well, the OLED panel is protected by flexible plastic material instead of glass, which makes the screen way more fragile compared to a normal phone, so the screen cost of a foldable device would be a big concern for you in case it breaks. There are a lot of foldable phones available, and in this article we will be looking at the screen repair costs of Samsung and Chinese OEM foldable phones.

First, let’s check out the foldable smartphone from OPPO. OnePlus Open actually has exactly the same features as OPPO Find N3 model available in China. Here are the prices of both Chinese variant and the global OnePlus model.

OnePlus Find N3 costs CNY 9999 in China, and its internal display costs CNY 4500 and the outer display CNY 750 according to OnePlus China’s official repair service list. Given that 4500 CNY is equivalent to 634 USD, the screen is really expensive. The phone costs 9999 CNY in China, which is roughly 1411 USD, meaning that the cost of replacing the inner screen is nearly half of the phone’s price.

 

For the global market, the repair cost appears to be very promising. OPPO Find N3 is known as OnePlus Open globally. According to OnePlus US repair list, the internal screen repair cost for OnePlus Open is 510 USD, which is even less expensive than in China. Chinese OEMs appear to have successfully balanced Chinese and international prices.

 

Samsung US has set the inner display replacement cost for the Galaxy Z Fold 5 at 499 USD. Currently, you can purchase the Galaxy Z Fold 5 for around 1700 USD in the United States. It appears that various OEMs have managed to establish a reasonable price for the screen replacement of foldable devices.

Foldables’ repair of screen cost is fairly priced

Yes, you probably weren’t expecting this, but foldable device screen repair costs are really low. Apple seeks 379 USD for a broken screen of iPhone 15 Pro Max, while Samsung US charges 329 USD for the replacement of the Galaxy S23 Ultra’s screen.

Given their larger screens and more sophisticated hardware, foldable devices only cost roughly 25% more to fix than what Apple asks for a flat display replacement. It is certainly worth a try if you are interested in using a foldable device.

We mention the advantage of the relatively affordable screen replacement cost for foldable devices, but keep in mind that breaking the screen of a foldable device is more likely as they are made of a more delicate material.

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