HTC One M8 Teardown Reveals It’s ‘Extremely Difficult’ To Repair
Like a lot of modern smartphones, the HTC One M8 is “extremely difficult” to repair. That’s according to the fine folks over at iFixit, who performed one of their customary teardowns on the new flagship shortly after its release on Tuesday.
It’s easier to get into than its predecessor, which received the worst repairability score of any smartphone iFixit has pulled apart — but things get much more difficult once you’re inside.
When iFixit first tore away the M8’s front-facing aluminum strips — those that cover the BoomSound speakers — they were surprised to see screws holding the handset together. These gave them hope that the device might be easier to pull apart and therefore easier to repair.
“Screws! Glorious screws! Here’s the missing link to make this unibody design repairable,” they wrote. “Whenever we see gobs of adhesive and tough clips replaced with screws, we know we’re in for a (slightly) happier time.”
But once those screws were out of the way, the initial hopes were quickly quashed.
The display is pretty easy to remove, but anything attached to the logic board and rear aluminum case is incredibly difficult to get to. It’s all covered in “aeons of tape,” while other components — such as the battery — are glued down.
“It’s very difficult—although no longer impossible—to open the device without damaging the rear case. This makes every component extremely difficult to replace,” iFixit concludes. “The battery is buried beneath the motherboard and adhered to the midframe, hindering its replacement.”
“Copious amounts of tape, adhesive, and copper shielding make many components difficult to remove and replace.”
iFixit awards the HTC One M8 a repairability score of 2 out of 10. Fortunately, HTC is giving customers in the U.S. a one-time screen replacement if they break theirs within the first six months.