The LG V20 is nearing its first day on the U.S. market as local carriers now prepare for the smartphone's arrival expected to take place before the end of the month. The LG V20 is a direct sequel to last year's LG V10, and not unlike the original model, the V20 shapes up to be a very promising high-end smartphone with plenty of great features on offer. Now, although the handset has yet to hit shelves, UberGizmo recently visited LG's offices in South Korea and took this opportunity to ask one of LG's engineers behind the LG V20 to disassemble the device on camera. Needless to say, the video below shows the teardown process of LG's latest flagship, and surprisingly enough the smartphone seems to be quite easy to disassemble using standard tools.
Getting under the hood of the LG V20 appears to be an easier task compared to most other premium smartphones available today, mainly due to the fact that the handset flaunts a rather conservative design with a removable back panel and a user-replaceable battery. The back panel covers 16 small screws which need to be unscrewed in order to dig deeper into the phone's internals, and once these screws are undone the process remains fairly simple. The camera component can be detached without using any tools, and the same goes for the main printed circuit board accommodating all the vital components, including the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 System-on-Chip which is actually hidden behind the RAM. Speaking of which, we also get a glimpse of the copper sheet and thermal paste used for keeping the Snapdragon 820 chipset cool, as well as the release mechanism for the back panel.
It's important to note that one of the reasons why the LG V20 seems so easy to disassemble is because there are no strong adhesives holding the main components together. This should make DIY repair projects much easier to tackle using simple prying tools, a steady arm, and patience. Of course, it's safe to say that the LG engineer who disassembled the V20 on film is very skilled in these activities and quite familiar with how the LG V20 was constructed, so the process might look easier on camera than it would be for an inexperienced disassembler. Either way, dismantling the LG V20 seems to be a clean and straightforward process, which should theoretically keep repair costs down.