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iFixit Gives HTC One M8 Failing Mark for Repairability

Planning to get the new HTC One M8? Good luck in trying to fix it when something goes wrong. A recent report from teardown site iFixit ranks this model as the second least repairable smartphone. So which device ranks as the least repairable smartphone? It’s actually the predecessor of this device which is the previous HTC One.

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The new HTC One M8 actually doubles the repairability score of the original HTC One. This would have been good news in any other scenario however the old HTC One got a score of 1 out of 10  (10 being the easiest to repair) which is the worst score so far. The M8 gets a score of 2 out of 10.

Here’s where the device failed to impress

  • 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.
  • The battery is buried beneath the motherboard and adhered to the midframe, hindering its replacement.
  • The display assembly cannot be replaced without tunneling through the entire phone. This makes one of most common repairs, a damaged screen, very difficult to accomplish.
  • Copious amounts of tape, adhesive, and copper shielding make many components difficult to remove and replace.

HTC might have already known previously that this latest model was difficult for a consumer to repair which is why the company is offering the HTC Advantage program. This allows consumers that own a One family device a free screen replacement within the first 6 months of ownership if the display gets cracked. If the damage is more than just a cracked screen the company will replace the device with a refurbished model.

The good news though is that iFixit has given the HTC One M8 high marks for durability. The device has a brushed metal design making it quite sturdy while its display uses Corning Gorilla Glass 3 giving it added protection.

If you are planning to tinker around with the insides of your M8 then you will be up for a challenge.

Technical Specifications

  • Android 4.4.2 KitKat with HTC Sense 6
  • Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE support; 42Mbps HSPA+; LTE connectivity
  • 5-inch 1080p display with 441pi pixel density; Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chipset
  • 2.3GHz quad-core Krait 400 CPU
  • Adreno 330 GPU
  • 2GB of RAM
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 & 5 GHz); DLNA
  • Dual 4MP AF “UltraPixel” (2µm pixel size) camera with 1/3″ sensor; 28mm f/2.0 lens; dual-LED flash; HTC ImageChip 2
  • 5MP front-facing camera with BSI sensor; wide-angle f/2.0 lens; HDR; 1080p video recording
  • 16/32GB of built-in memory
  • GPS with A-GPS; GLONASS
  • MHL-enabled microUSB 2.0 port
  • Bluetooth 4.0; NFC
  • Front-facing stereo speakers with BoomSound and built-in amplifiers
  • 2,600mAh battery

via ifixit

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  1. I agree with the battery thing. Replacing batteries on the go can become quite convenient for most people especially if they depend on their phone most of the time.
    I usually bring with me a spare battery and charger when I had my S3 (although I admit the S3’s battery is really shitty).

  2. Yes, you do void your warranty. And if at all something happens, take to you an authorized dealer or service station. Why do you want to take it apart yourself? Do that only if you know what you are doing.

  3. My phone has a non removable battery too. I didn’t even look at it when I bought it. I gotta tell you that I wouldn’t buy another one like this.

  4. I agree! I wouldn’t dream of taking my phone apart. Don’t you void the warranty if you do? I see no problem with this at all.

  5. Unless you are someone who likes to tinker with the hardware, this should not be an issue. But non removable battery is not a great thing. That is one thing I hate about my Nexus 4.

  6. I don’t really think this is taken as an issue any more. Almost all new phones are very hard to take apart and repair. The manufacturers probably design the phones like that due to some specific reason, security?

  7. Doesn’t matter that much does it? There is very few people that would venture to repair their smartphones on their own.

  8. I hate it when manufacturers make phones hard to work with like this. That’s one reason I have always stayed away from Apple phones. You can’t even replace the battery yourself; you have to take it to a pro!

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