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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One (M8)
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 4 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2300 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2600 mAh(20h 3G talk time)

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38 Comments

1. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

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

2. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

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

3. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

That's like saying polycarbonate isn't plastic.

4. Lampriya

Posts: 245; Member since: Oct 05, 2013

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

10. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

metal is harder than alum, and its stronger

11. Killua

Posts: 270; Member since: Nov 25, 2013

lol, you're funny.

18. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

Aluminum is a metal, dumbass.

21. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 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?

28. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

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

29. alex88ucv

Posts: 36; Member since: Mar 05, 2014

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

36. pharttart

Posts: 7; Member since: Dec 05, 2013

Heavy metal! *Headbanging*

33. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

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

37. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 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?

5. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 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.

12. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 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

19. g2a5b0e unregistered

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

24. marbovo

Posts: 658; Member since: May 16, 2013

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

27. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

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

35. marbovo

Posts: 658; Member since: May 16, 2013

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

6. true1984

Posts: 869; Member since: May 23, 2012

that was aluminum alloy, not regular aluminum

7. alex88ucv

Posts: 36; Member since: Mar 05, 2014

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

8. alex88ucv

Posts: 36; Member since: Mar 05, 2014

the message is for the "prada" guy

22. marbovo

Posts: 658; Member since: May 16, 2013

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

9. Lampriya

Posts: 245; Member since: Oct 05, 2013

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

13. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

and no CarlZeiss optics and Xneon flash

30. alex88ucv

Posts: 36; Member since: Mar 05, 2014

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

32. papss unregistered

Sporting it right now on my 1520...

14. Dude2014

Posts: 448; Member since: Feb 12, 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?

15. Lampriya

Posts: 245; Member since: Oct 05, 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?

17. true1984

Posts: 869; Member since: May 23, 2012

true i usually go with gsmarena's battery test

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