OnePlus One torn down by iFixit: the interior is as beatuiful as the exterior

OnePlus One torn down by iFixit: the interior is as beatuiful as the exterior
After an unpleasant bug-related delay, the high-specced, yet extremely affordable OnePlus One finally began shipping to those lucky enough to have an invitation. Meanwhile, the invitations went out, however, you can still lay your hands on a OnePlus One, but for a significantly higher price. Either way, you get a lot of phone for your money. The silicon inside the device is pretty potent - a quad-core Snapdragon 801 8974-AC, clocked at 2.5GHz, 3GB of RAM, and a 3,100mAh juicer at the back. As you probably know, the 16GB version of the performer retails for $299, while the 64GB one costs no more or less than $349 (provided that you have an invitation, that is).

Today, iFixit released its own teardown of the "flagship killer". According to iFixit, the OnePlus One is not the easiest smartphone to repair - with a repairability score of 5/10, it is on par with the Samsung Galaxy S5 (which also got a 5/10) and a whole lot better than the HTC One (M8), which was awarded with a repairability score of 2/10. The battery of the OnePlus One is one of its components that drags the score down, as it can't be easily replaced. Still, the device is being lauded for coming with "fairly modular components", which should keep the repair price down.

Without further ado, let's see the insides of the OnePlus One.

source: iFixit via Reddit

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  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 3100 mAh



1. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012


2. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

Such a marvel of engineering

10. elpcmaster

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 18, 2014

How is it a marvel of engineering when you cannot even fix the thing?

3. NexusX

Posts: 613; Member since: May 16, 2013

can anyone explain why oneplus didn't opt for a removable battery when the back is removable and the battery is already exposed and seemingly removable?

5. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

It is fairly long, I'm guessing it was a size saving decision

7. xfire99

Posts: 1207; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

We also wanted the battery to fit in a slim, compact body that is easy to hold, operate and carry around. With these two goals in mind, we ultimately decided on a 3100 mAh non-removable battery for the OnePlus One. The decision was clear for us. A removable battery would have meant adding a protective layer to the motherboard as well as extra circuitry, resulting in a smaller battery (2500mAh, 20% less battery juice!) or a significantly thicker phone. With our configuration, the battery will last long enough to get even the most active users through an entire day of use without adding bulk to the overall build and design.

15. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

If you are indeed employed by the company, I find it interesting that you had to come here and defend a decision for non-removable batteries. Because, I am your arch enemy in this direction. I am a service technician with over 26 years experience in electronic and product repair. I have also been a cellphone user for over 27 years. All the excuses or marketing in the world will not change the fact that the battery is the most failed component in an electronic device. To seal 30 year old technology into a modern day marvel, seems counter-intuituve. Outer designs and inner materials may have improved, but the basic logic and operation is still employed. I would like to ask how you feel if the battery fails on your tv remote. Do you shell out $100+ dollars on a factory OEM remote, or do you just swap in new batteries for far less? I presume the idea to rape the consumer for high dividends and profit is a great dirsction for the manufacturer. However, the claims that designing thinner and lighter devices can be obtained by sealing batteries, has so far been the equivalent of finding a unicorn in a neighborhood park. My current smartphone is close to two years old. It has removable battery and SD Slot.It is thinner and lighter than most sealed battery phones on the current market. I find it inconceivable that manufacturers find it alluring to make excuses for why they seal batteries. A good number of consumers are growing increasingly frustrated that we must take time out of our busy schedules to warrant a visit to the service center just for a battery issue. If ifixit rates the devices on serviceability, I feel that a low should pique the manufacturers that this is anti-consumer friendly. High deductables on on top of the high service rates for a mere battery issue, is enough to really offend a good portion of the wireless market consumers. As nice as this phone looks, I cannot support a reasoning that an expensive, modern day phone should be rendered useless due to a failed battery. John B.

16. Ashoaib

Posts: 3299; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

for your information, most manufacturers are sealing batteries including many ppl's favorite and hugely over priced iphone... you took so much time to bash oneplusone's employee which is not even half the price of many large players flagships... if you want to criticise and want to show your 27 hundred years of experience, then show it to apple htc sony etc....

17. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

Yes. I took the time. And I don't really care if you agree with me or not. Whether you think my experience is important or not has nothing to do with the popularity of the iphone nor the facts. The iphone is not immune to battery issues. Most iphone customers trade their phone up every year. This lowers the chances of experiencing the problems that arise from batteries that generally do not occur until 15-18 months from date of purchase. Many friends I know that have purchased used iphones from others, have experienced failing batteries 4-7 months after purchase. Just because you may have never had a problem, doesn't guaranty that you won't. Would you drive a vehicle without a spare tire just because you never had a flat? Not buckle your child in a car seat because you never had an accident? The chances of having a battery failure during contract, is around 40%. The symptoms of failing batteries are more than just not holding a charge. If the OP is an employee, he deserves to know how I feel and how the others that are on my side feel. I am a consumer first and a phone lover second. I really don't know why people find it so easy to accept what the manufacturers are trying to pull. I am dissapointed that you would also accept less than respectable compromise. I feel my post is to the point and is not far from being accurate and many engineers around the globe agree. While there may be some advantages to sealing Iin batteries, the majority of the benefits placate the manufacturer; not the consumer. My 6 yeard old granddaughter can change her own battery. Why do you feel you need to pay some service dealer to do it? Are you not capable? I feel you are so why not leave that option open? Don't fool yourself. These manufacturers have the knowledge, design teams and ability to incorporate a well built device that also includes accessibility. John B.

18. Ashoaib

Posts: 3299; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

first, you are defending iphone(mean concealed battery) by saying iphone is immune to battery issue then criticising others for concealing battery.... inst it a mear contradiction? how you assumed others, particularly oneplus1 is not immune to battery issues? while iphone is, despite having same battery compartment... if iphone users change phone every 12-15months, then who is binding oneplus users not to change every 12-15 months? are they bound or is there a punishment for oneplus users if they will change? dont just criticise for the sake of criticism while you are expressing double views about a same point

19. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

First of all, if you review my post, I said the iphone is NOT immune. Secondly, I am not criticizing anyone that purchases their product of choice including the Oneplus, but rather throwing caution for another d-bag move to force a customer into a service center for something they should be able to do themselves. It's that simple. Its not about the product. Its about consumer control. If One plus wants to follow status quo rather than be a little more reasonable, Then I fully expect sales to be limited to those that don't care. Mainstream consumers aren't expressing a wish for sealed batteries and purposely purchasing them. I fully believe that if the iphone had removable battery, it would not affect sales. I think it would even be a relief to many iphone owners. In contrast, the elimination of removable batteries, greatly affects those that wish for more choice. My goal as a consumer and a service representative , is to help shed some consumer advocacy into these forums to offset the marketing that the wireless industry is trying to groom consumers for. Many people don't like what I have to say about sealed batteries. I simply don't care. Like it or not, The fact remains that the weakest link in any phone or device regardless of price, is the common rechargeable battery. Yes, each time a battery is charged and discharged, the anode and cathode within the battery, loses tolerance. Heat transfer begins to become more prevalent and weakens the battery further. After 6 months, it is a general rule of thumb to check for swelling. At first, visual inspection is the key to catching this. If ignored, usage times on a single charge diminish and the most serious symptoms don't become evident until roughly 15 months down the road. Sometimes sooner, sometimes later. However, at this point, insurance doesn't cover expendable items. Batteries are considered expendable. So, you can purchase a battery for $20-$30 dollars, or pay a huge deductable for a service repaired device. John B.

20. Ashoaib

Posts: 3299; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

I understand your point, ofcourse its very useful to have user replaceable battery bcoz incase of failure no need to rush up to repair experts or service center... only samsung seems to be taking care of this issue in their phones

21. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

That's exactly my point and glad you understand. I have reason to believe that many individuals that bring their sealed battery phones in for issues, really have no difinitive answer what was wrong with their phone when replaced. They are just told that sometying is wrong, pay the deductable, and are handed a refurbished device . The problem with refurbished phones(not all), is that only the failed parts are replaced. This is where I get fussy: Nothing may be wrong with my phone except a defective battery. I take it in and they give me a refurbished device that may have been someone else's nightmare before a swap was done. So, I forcefully give up a device that I took good care of and know what's been done or not done, then issued a device that someone may have abused. This is how insurance companies and manufacturers roll a profit. Recycling the same devices while charging top dollar to the consumer. Pretty horrible when you realize that almost 40% of device issues can be related to failed or failing battery. John B.

4. JMartin22

Posts: 2372; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

Why do we need articles hyping this lesser known Chinese brand? FYI, the score isn't even good. The components being "beautiful" was a nice little spin for the icing on the cake lol.

14. iLoveAmexica

Posts: 47; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

said the typical american radical with the dull face

6. Zenzui

Posts: 114; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

Men that is some good engineering layout of the pieces inside the phone. Such great arrangements.

8. B-power

Posts: 258; Member since: Feb 22, 2014

Still waiting for an invite

9. xche78x

Posts: 101; Member since: Mar 11, 2014

too bad not everyone can buy it yet! Its a good competition to the current onslaught of xiaomi cheap but powerful phones... mi3 in mind

12. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

ya mean TOO BAD the ''retail/mass produced'' version is $100 more expensive and comes with a rather shytty Color OS, so this was the plan all along, promote, hype, more hype..............then boom, ya can't have the Cyanogen mode, ya can't have the 64 Gigs AND you have to pay $100 extra Kinda remind me of those Mcdonalds ads on TV, you ain't getting the same thing :-)

11. magnanimus

Posts: 565; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

You were saying 0xFFFF? :D

13. bwhiting

Posts: 188; Member since: Jun 15, 2013

It like a techgasm just came to me for real

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