July 30, 2014

iFixit tears down OnePlus One, not the simplest to repair

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You’ve got to love iFixit who always takes a new device whenever it’s released and tears it down part by part, giving a score on its repairability.

The new OnePlus One, currently only available by invite, was just given the iFixit teardown treatment and was given a score of 5 out of 10, with 10 being the easiest to repair.

While the One was praised for having no proprietary screws and only one screw head type, which decreases the cost of tools for repairs, and fairly modular components that will allow for less expensive replacement parts, there were a few issues that lower its score:

  • Slight adhesive used on the battery and several cables.
  • With its connector trapped under a plastic panel and several screws, the battery is more of a chore to replace than necessary.
  • The LCD and digitizer glass are fused together and must be replaced as a single part, and they require heat to remove from the midframe.

OnePlus may have made a “flagship killer” with a killer price and specs, but it certainly doesn’t seem to be the easiest to repair on your own if anything should happen to it when you get your hands on one.

For the full teardown, head to the source below.

Via: iFixit