The new OnePlus One is slowly finding its way to market, as several delays have slowed down its release. The device comes with a 5.5-inch IPS Full HD 1920 x 1080 display. The One is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor clocked at 2.5GHz and 3GB of RAM with either 16GB or 64GB of internal storage. It sports a 13MP main camera with dual-LED flash and a healthy 5MP front-facing camera for video chatting or selfies – it also features a wide-angle lens to make chatting and selfies easier to take. It comes with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, USB OTG, GPS/GLONASS, and NFC. Impressive hardware, especially for the price, but just how easy will it be to teardown all of that ‘goodness.’
Although there was no obvious place to start in removing the back, it nonetheless came off quite easily and exposed three gold antennas and a one NFC sticker. Taking the back off also exposes the bright red 3100mAh LiPo battery. After poking around, they were able to get the battery to pop out of its cavity, but the battery wires went under a screwed in panel. There were several screws that needed to be removed, and some were ‘hidden’ under rubber stoppers and one under a sticker that had to be damaged – forever revealing that this OnePlus One had been tampered with. However, overall, the One has not posed any real problems so far.
After removing several connectors, and a hidden antenna connector on the backside, the motherboard was removed. The cameras were made by Sunny Optical technology (not to be confused with Sony), but the main camera features a Sony CMOS image sensor. Between the seven chips on the front of the motherboard and the seven chips on the back, you could have a ‘chip and dip’ party.
In order to remove the front panel assembly, there are six screws and two of them hidden under rubber plugs. The set of stereo speakers are attach via spring clips and near the speakers is a sticker that changes color from water damage. The USB port was easily removed after they discovered it was held in place by tape. A little cable attached to the daughterboard easily pops out…it is where the vibrator and microphone are found as well as three LEDs for the front panel capacitive buttons. And lastly, before they attack the display, they remove the earpiece speaker. The display assembly is now separated from its mid-frame – a little difficult, but they said they have had worse.
IFIXIT gives the OnePlus One a 5 out of 10 (ten being the easiest) – there are no proprietary screws – fairly modular components that allow for less expensive replacement parts – slight adhesive used on battery and several cables – the battery is a little harder to replace because of the connector trapped under a plastic panel – and the LCD and digitizer glass are fused together and must be replace as a single unit.
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