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HTC One (M8) teardown praises the aluminum chassis, still gives it 2/10 repairability score

HTC One (M8) teardown praises the aluminum chassis, still gives it 2/10 repairability score
If you thought the HTC One is hard to repair, with its 70% metal chassis, just wait for the teardown results of the new 90% metal body of the HTC One M8. Ok, that was a trap, as last year's edition received one of the lowest repairability scores ever, while things with the new One M8 seem to be a tad better. First off, the innards package is not mired in ribbon cables like before, but rather sits on nice spring contacts, so it's easier to take out.

Unfortunately, in order to get to the battery, you have to remove the whole motherboard, but the 2600 mAh unit provides plenty of endurance as it is, since it topped all 5-inchers in our battery test. The folks at iFix it say that the low-power sensor set that HTC uses in the One M8 are one of the reasons for such a stellar performance. 

The display panel also turned out pretty hard to pull out, but HTC gives you one free replacement, if you crack it in the first six months, so that's a slight relief. Lastly, the Duo Camera is found to consists of the same UltraPixel main unit we had last year, and a secondary piece for depth of field info collection. Interestingly enough, iFixit mentions we might have even larger pixels this time, which might explain the slight boost in image quality over its predecessor that we noticed in our One M8 camera comparison. Still, HTC's new flagship received an overall repairability score of 2/10, so we would advise against dropping it, or dunking it in water.

HTC One (M8) Teardown


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posted on 26 Mar 2014, 07:09 3

1. Arte-8800 (Posts: 4058; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


O wait so the M8 is made of METAL and not cheap Aluminium, wow thats even great....

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 07:15 14

2. pwnarena (Posts: 847; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)


oh wait aluminum is not metal? let me get some references...

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 07:18 9

3. Commentator (Posts: 2350; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


That's like saying polycarbonate isn't plastic.

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 07:20 5

4. Lampriya (Posts: 207; Member since: 05 Oct 2013)


lol. u don't even know what metal is...

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 07:32

10. Arte-8800 (Posts: 4058; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


metal is harder than alum, and its stronger

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 07:35 4

11. Killua (Posts: 262; Member since: 25 Nov 2013)


lol, you're funny.

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 07:59 6

18. Neo_Huang (Posts: 347; Member since: 06 Dec 2013)


Aluminum is a metal, dumbass.

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 08:14 1

21. Arte-8800 (Posts: 4058; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


I know that, i was clarifying the quality between glass,

sapphire glass is better than gorrila glass

read post 12

no need for the insult, did i piss you off or your short tempered, or your personality is like that ...?

do you need help?

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 08:49

28. Commentator (Posts: 2350; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


It would help if you specified which type of metal is better than aluminum, rather than vaguely stating "metal."

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 08:59

29. alex88ucv (Posts: 36; Member since: 05 Mar 2014)


stainless steel:))))))))))

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 11:26

36. pharttart (Posts: 7; Member since: 05 Dec 2013)


Heavy metal! *Headbanging*

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 09:05

33. UglyFrank (Posts: 367; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


Gorilla Glass isn't even glass, it is a well designed plastic.

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 23:46

37. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3957; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Aluminum is metal, though. Mercury is a metal too, but it's liquid at room temperature, does that make it any less of a metal? Of course not. Do you not understand chemistry?

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 07:21

5. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1161; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


Does it matter? I just looked at the drop test and it doesn't do so well in the scuff resistant category. It looks uglier than scratched plastic.
And before people call me a Samsung troll I would still buy it over the S5. But let's wait for the G3 before we start crowning anyone.

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 07:36

12. Arte-8800 (Posts: 4058; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


plastic is classed as cheap, do you have plastic dinning table or chairs at home ....? or wood or glass, gives and makes it more touchy..

italian marble and furniture and clothes cars are better .... are classy

oak is better than wood

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 07:59 7

19. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2151; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


Metal is harder than aluminum, oak is better than wood. You're full of classic lines. Keep the entertaining lines flowing.

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 08:26 1

24. marbovo (Posts: 621; Member since: 16 May 2013)


That guy is a joke, He tells about cheap, but he has just a feature phone!!! oh man that's sad

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 08:47

27. Arte-8800 (Posts: 4058; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


what feature phone, ..?
i have a
note3 N9000 NON LTE non European Exynos A15
htc one
ARTE8800 SAPPHIRE
sony z

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 09:43

35. marbovo (Posts: 621; Member since: 16 May 2013)


A note3?!?!?! what a f#$@ are you talking about cheap aluminium?!?!?!

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 07:23

6. true1984 (Posts: 587; Member since: 23 May 2012)


that was aluminum alloy, not regular aluminum

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 07:24 1

7. alex88ucv (Posts: 36; Member since: 05 Mar 2014)


please tell me you are sarcastic..otherwise i am sorry for you:))

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 07:25

8. alex88ucv (Posts: 36; Member since: 05 Mar 2014)


the message is for the "prada" guy

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 08:22

22. marbovo (Posts: 621; Member since: 16 May 2013)


Oh man, you don´t even know what is metal!!!! Have you heard about periodic table??go to school

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 07:29 1

9. Lampriya (Posts: 207; Member since: 05 Oct 2013)


5" screen with only 2600mha. hmm wreak point. And no fingerprint sensor

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 07:37 1

13. Arte-8800 (Posts: 4058; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


and no CarlZeiss optics and Xneon flash

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 09:00 1

30. alex88ucv (Posts: 36; Member since: 05 Mar 2014)


The Zeiss Optics is a Nokia exclusive feature in the smartphone camera industry

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 09:01

32. papss (unregistered)


Sporting it right now on my 1520...

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 07:40 3

14. Dude2014 (Posts: 129; Member since: 12 Feb 2014)


Not sure if serious or trolling. Have you read the news about battery test? It beats all flagships out there including LG G2 which was considered as the best battery phone. Fingerprint scanner? For what?

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 07:46

15. Lampriya (Posts: 207; Member since: 05 Oct 2013)


Phone arena battery test is not based on actual usage but they relied on Java script. even the iPhone 5s has it, the s5 had it. For what?

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 07:58 1

17. true1984 (Posts: 587; Member since: 23 May 2012)


true i usually go with gsmarena's battery test

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 09:12 1

34. Hyperreal (Posts: 126; Member since: 08 Oct 2013)


in gsmarena test it scored 71 hours the same as note 3 so go home trolls.

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 09:01 1

31. papss (unregistered)


I've read multiple test where it does quite well.. They have used the phone, have you? If not then you are speculating while theirs is based off fact

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 07:49

16. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1234; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


Trolling. I saw her before, she got banned.

posted on 27 Mar 2014, 00:09

38. Taters (Posts: 2694; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Lol an absolute mess inside like a predicted. No wonder HTC products have such high failure rates. They just randomly stack things on top of each other.

The sad part is that they still couldn't make it smaller than a phablet. Very poor engineering.

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