Boy, that did not take too long, did it? Barely a week after the OnePlus One was released officially (and a couple of months after it was launched), the folks over at iFixit have already gotten hold of one of these babies, and letting it go through the usual teardown process so that we, the layperson, need not have to do so ourselves, and in the process be able to figure out just how high the repairability score of the OnePlus One is. iFixit used the $350 64GB OnePlus One handset and got down and dirty with it.
As for its repairability score, it was somewhat disappointing, ranking a middling 5 out of 10 when it comes to repairability. Good thing the battery is not too difficult to remove (albeit taking a whole lot more trouble than there should be in the first place), and the display itself is not exactly impossible to replace should it end up cracked after having a conversation with the closest concrete sidewalk.
While the OnePlus One lacks an obvious point of entry, it is interesting to note that the back plate can be easily prised apart, although there is a wee bit of resistance from a few clips that are located around the edge. Apart from that, it was discovered that Sunny Optical Technology happens to be the company behind both front and rear cameras, and other details about its silicone bits and pieces include the following – Samsung’s K3QF7F70DM-QGCF 3 GB LPDDR3 RAM, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, a Qualcomm WCD9320 Audio Codec, 64GB of internal memory from Toshiba, a Skyworks SKY77629-21 Power Amplifier Module, a Qualcomm WCN3680 802.11ac/FM/BT 4.0 Combo Chip, a Qualcomm WTR1625L RF Transceiver, a Skyworks SKY85709 WLAN Front-End Module and Synaptics with their S3508A Touchscreen Controller.
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