The OnePlus 10 Pro went official in China last week but isn’t arriving in any other market until March. At least that’s what reports suggest. So while the wait is on, you can check out a teardown video of the phone to see it from inside. The video, which we have attached at the end of this article, will give you a fair idea of the device’s repairability. And if you are a DIY (do it yourself) enthusiast, it may also serve as a tutorial to disassemble the OnePlus 10 Pro.
OnePlus 10 Pro teardown
Like most other smartphones, the OnePlus 10 Pro also opens from the back. The glass backplate comes off fairly easily on applying a little heat and prying with a pry tool. The glass camera covering, which is attached to the back panel, can also be peeled off similarly.
Removing the rear cover exposes 20 Philips screws that are holding everything in place. Once those screws are removed, you will be able to peel off the graphite film that goes on top of the battery to help with heat dissipation. It also brings along the wireless charging coil and the plastic cover over the motherboard. The plastic cover has flex cables for the dual-LED flash and the rear ambient light sensor. It also has multiple antenna lines and contacts for the NFC cable and the wireless charging cable.
You can then proceed to disconnect the rest of the visible flex cables. All the camera sensors come off without any additional attachments, which is nice to see. Removing two more Philips screws will allow you to lift off the mainboard. We can see some copper tape and graphite film here as well, both on the front and back, with thermal paste underneath.
There’s a subboard at the bottom, covered by the speaker assembly. Lifting off the speaker assembly, disconnecting a few cables, and removing one more Philips screw will free the subboard, which houses the primary microphone, SIM reader, and a few other components.
At this point, you will finally be able to disconnect the screen and remove it. That’s a lot of work to do if you need to replace the screen. Thankfully, OnePlus has included pull tapes for removing the 5,000mAh battery though. It exposes a large vapor chamber.
Unfortunately, quite a few flex cables are going underneath the battery, including for the charging port. So replacing the charging port will require you to remove the battery.
All in all, the OnePlus 10 Pro isn’t a very easy phone to repair but not to complete either. PBKreviews gives the latest OnePlus flagship a repairability score of 6 out of 10. You can watch the full video teardown and re-assembly of the OnePlus 10 Pro below.