Samsung could soon use cheaper recycled parts to repair smartphones

Hadlee Simons / Android Authority

TL;DR

  • Samsung could soon start a recycled repair parts program.
  • The initiative reportedly aims to reduce smartphone repair costs for consumers.
  • Display repair costs could be halved when the program comes into effect.

Samsung is reportedly planning to start a new program that could significantly reduce repair costs for your Galaxy phones.

According to a report by Business Korea, Samsung is considering introducing certified recycled parts for mobile repairs. These are parts made of recycled materials such as discarded plastics, metals, and more. The initiative could launch in the next few months, specifically by the first half of this year.

The report suggests that by using recycled spare parts, Samsung could pass on a smaller repair bill to users. The publication notes that things like display replacement could cost half of what it does today.

As far as the quality of the recycled repair parts is concerned, Samsung is aiming for a level that can match that of new products. There’s no word on which smartphone parts will be available under the program and how much they would cost exactly.

Samsung has been promoting sustainable manufacturing for a while now. The Galaxy S22 series is one of the latest examples of its efforts. The phones use a new material made up of discarded fishing nets.

Over the years, Samsung has also significantly reduced the amount of plastic and paper in its packaging. Recycled repair parts seem to be a logical extension of Samsung’s sustainability efforts.