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Samsung—the very definition of “get back on the horse”—returned to the smartphone market last month with the new flagships Galaxy S8 and S8+.

Starting at $750 and $850, respectively, the pair are set to go on sale Friday.

But before you pony up two weeks’ paycheck, take a look inside the handsets in iFixit’s latest teardowns.

The smaller S8 stands at 5.8 inches, with a non-removable 3,000mAh battery, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, and MicroSD card support. Add to that an 8-megapixel selfie camera and 12-megapixel rear shooter, featuring dual pixel autofocus and 4K video capture.

A near clone of its 6.2-inch big brother, the Galaxy S8 also includes a USB-C charging port, headphone jack (take that, Apple!), and rear fingerprint reader, but no physical Home button (it’s been replaced by a virtual one).

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Samsung Galaxy S8 (via iFixit)

“It’s like someone left the S8+ in their pocket on laundry day and it came out of the wash slightly shrunken, but no worse for wear,” the iFixit team wrote of the near-identical devices.

In both phones, the battery pack—butt of all Samsung jokes for the next decade—remains firmly adhered to the casing, making it “unnecessarily” difficult, but not impossible, to replace.

As iFixit pointed out, however, the larger S8+ 3,500mAh battery voltage, capacity, and design tolerances are virtually indistinguishable from the Note 7, recalled for exploding power units.

“Samsung is clearly confident that their battery issue was a manufacturing quality assurance one, and the S8 series’ glued-in battery is proof that they have faith in their eight-point plan,” the repair experts said. “The design surrounding the battery … is very, very similar to the Note 7.”

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Samsung Galaxy S8+ (via iFixit)

No matter how fancy the curved, nearly bezel-free, edge-to-edge screen looks, Samsung’s glass-on-glass design is pretty insurmountable, even for the most skilled DIYers. According to iFixit, front and back glass plus strong internal adhesive likely equal a cracked gadget.

On the bright side, the Galaxy S8 and S8+ boast a number of modular components, including the headphone jack, that can be easily restored.

Overall, the twin phones earned a matching (and fairly pathetic) repairability score of four out of 10—iFixit’s way of warning folks to not try this at home. Owners should keep the phone intact to maintain its compatibility with Gear VR and Gear 360 virtual reality accessories, and new voice assistant Bixby.

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