A recent teardown of the Sony Xperia 1 II, performed by YouTube channel XYZONE, shows a flagship design that's easy to repair. But it also appears to showcase unused connectors that might provide hints at other Sony gadgets.
Beginning with the teardown itself, XYZONE starts by highlighting some prominent features of the device. That includes some not-so-popular features such as its comparatively oversized chin and forehead bezels. The flagship handset's comparatively slow 18W charging is called into focus as well.
But once the teardown begins, it becomes obvious that Sony put quite a lot of thought into this particular device. To begin with, the host removes the SIM drawer. That's lined with rubber to prevent water and dust from getting in. Then, the back cover needs to be removed and that's easy to accomplish. At least, it is after heating up the back of the device to loosen adhesive. All that's required is for that to be carefully pried back while trimming away at any adhesive that remains stuck in place.
At just 0.6mm thin, the rear panel also has no components attached to it. So DIY users won't be accidentally snipping cables or jarring connectors while removing it. That's a lot like the recently torn-down Huawei Mate 40 Pro, making the rear-panel removal easier than some other flagships.
Aside from connectors, the wireless charging pad and several other components are placed loosely over others under the panel. The motherboard itself comes out with just four fasteners. The wireless charging pad, NFC layer, and cover, all come out as one piece from there. That reveals lego-style connectors used throughout the build, with a modular charging port and headphone jack making the primary components exceptionally easy to replace.
A few more fasteners allow the entire motherboard assembly to be removed.
So what was that about unused connectors in the Sony Xperia 1 II?
The remaining components at the bottom of the board are similarly assembled. That means this device comes apart with very little effort. There's also plenty of space left in the interior, making moving things around a bit easier. And, in true Sony fashion, the battery tabs on that component make it easy to remove.
But that also calls attention to one other component. Namely, one that appears to be missing. That's because there's an unused connector on the motherboard itself. That, in conjunction with empty space next to it, seems to indicate a missing component and speculatively a missing HDMI component. The upcoming Xperia Pro is expected to feature just such a component. So, the implication seems to be that the same internal setup will be used in that handset, with modifications.
Not all of the cameras inside are Sony-made
One other detail revealed in the teardown is that not all of the cameras housed under the glass are made by Sony. Instead, two of the four components are while the others are Samsung-made ISOCELL sensors.
More directly, the two rear-facing 12-megapixel cameras for wide-angle captures and primary shots are made by Sony. Those are a Sony IMX363 and IMX557 snapper. The ultra-wide-angle lens is a 12-megapixel f/2.2 aperture arrangement while the primary shooter is a 12-megapixel f/1.7 aperture snapper. Samsung's ISOCELL S5K3T2 Telephoto lens — at 12-megapixels and f/2.4 aperture — is used for zoomed shots.
The front-facing camera, conversely, is an 8-megapixel snapper with an f/2.0 aperture. That's Samsung's ISOCELL S5K4H7 hardware. Like everything else in this design, each of those is easily removed and replaced though. So it shouldn't be too difficult for more tech-savvy users to repair the Sony Xperia 1 II by themselves.