If you haven’t seen the new OnePlus 2 for all it really is – meaning, seeing everything, including the internals – then you shouldn’t miss out on iFixit’s teardown of the new “flagship killer” out of China. The teardown specialists have a penchant for gorgeous and meticulously prepared pics, and for that alone, this should be worth your time. Also, you will always wonder how easy your new OnePlus 2 can be repaired. So here you go.
Once the unique rear case cover is removed, a technician will only need a screwdriver to take off the plastic middle frame that covers the battery. No heating, no adhesives, no lifting up with a pick – pretty easy going. After you remove all 18 screws and easily lift up the middle frame cover, most of the major components are now exposed and easy to access. That includes the 3,300mAh battery, the 13MP camera sensor, and the Snapdragon 810 processor. See the photos below.
iFixit gives the OnePlus 2 a 7 out of 10 rating on repairability, a huge improvement from the 5 out of 10 rating of the OnePlus One. The teardown guys listed down their reasons – a single type of non-proprietary screw heads on the midframe, modular components, and a simple USB port assembly. Still, the LCD and digitizer glass are fused together, and that means that when you break yours, you face an expensive replacement as they are treated as a single part.
All in all though, this bodes well for OnePlus as it tries to improve the engineering and tech design on their smartphones – with another one coming in December, and OnePlus probably here to stay.