OnePlus 6 teardown: glass makes it much harder to repair

OnePlus 6 teardown: glass makes it much harder to repair
The new OnePlus 6 features the company's most beautiful and refined design with a beautiful glass back and elegant lines, but all beauty has a price and in this case the price of this glass design is that it makes the phone much harder to repair, according to a OnePlus 6 teardown by phone surgeons from iFixit.

But before we get into the bad, let's start with the good: the first step of the teardown, the actual process of taking the back cover off the phone is easier on the OnePlus 6 than on other glass phones. The reason for this is the longer cable that connects the fingerprint scanner allows you more wiggle room and lesser probability of tearing something off.

Once you lift the back cover off, the battery is also fairly easy to remove and this is great news. All phone batteries deteriorate after time, and if you hold on to a phone for more than two years, you should definitely consider replacing its battery with a new one to get optimal battery life.


Next, getting to the motherboard requires you unscrew the 10 screws that hold it in place. Those are all standard Philips screws, so no worries here. At this process of the teardown, you will notice water insulation elements. The OnePlus 6 is not fully water-proof, but the company says it will survive a short drop in a sink or exposure to rain, which is good news.

The bad really all boils down to the process of changing the AMOLED screen. OnePlus is using a lot of glue to hold it in place, which makes a replacement very risky and increases that chances of damaging the screen when replacing it.


Overall, the repairability score for the OnePlus 6 ended up being 5 out of 10 on iFixit's scale, which is lower than the 7/10 scores that the OnePlus 5 and 5T received. For the full teardown, check out the link right below.

source: iFixit

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6 Comments

1. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Jerryrigseverything has a nice tear down of backsides glass cover and made his transparent by removing inner skin on glass. He did the red battery mod fwiw too.

2. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Given how small (and cheap) wireless charging receivers are, they could have implemented it easily.

4. matistight

Posts: 956; Member since: May 13, 2009

I think they skipped it because 1)they wanted to stay under $529 (although they could have added it to the 8GB Ram phones), or 2)they weren't able to get fast wireless charging working, so they didn't want to put slow wireless charging in and get criticized.

3. MDave

Posts: 210; Member since: Apr 09, 2015

So mission accomplished then.

5. p51d007

Posts: 701; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

Hard to repair? On purpose. All manufacturers jumped on the "water resistant" feature, which allows them to glue everything shut, making it harder for the end users to fix, and they can make more money when people damage them trying to fix it themselves. I repair my own electronics. Been doing so since the mid 70's. It's not that hard if you are careful, but considering what some people put their phones through, I wouldn't let them replace a screw in light bulb!

6. lJesseCusterl

Posts: 96; Member since: Apr 27, 2015

The trick with OnePlus phones when it comes to screen replacements is to get them preattached to the frame.

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