Sony Xperia Z3+ and Z4 get the teardown treatment, and look relatively painless to repair

Sony Xperia Z3+ and Z4 get the teardown treatment, and look relatively painless to repair
Say what you like about the Sony Xperia Z3+ and Z4's hit-and-miss processor, but there's no denying that these are two of the more aesthetically pleasing handsets on the market. One thing Sony does well -- along with top-notch mobile camera tech -- is design pretty-looking handsets, and the new Xperia Z flagships are exactly that. Under the hood, that Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 SoC is accompanied by numerous other bits and pieces keeping the Z3+ and Z4 ticking over, and thanks to a new teardown, we can take a proper look at what's inside. 

The Sony Xperia Z3+ and Z4 are, to all intents and purposes, the same device. Despite, at face value, appearing similar to the preceding Xperia Z3, Sony has made a number of improvements and adjustments, which means that beneath the polished exterior, there are numerous subtle differences:

Every last facet of the Z3+ and Z4's inner workings are revealed in the teardown by the folks at spares and repairs firm Witrigs. The battery is apparently rather easy to remove, as are most of the internal components, which would seem to imply that these handsets are relatively easy to repair. A Philips screwdriver and a little patience allowed Witrigs to separate the internals, and the result is the complete teardown you see below. 

Oh, and if smartphone anatomy really appeals to your inner-geek, then be sure to take a look at the Samsung Galaxy S6 (edge) teardown here, and the LG G4 teardown here

source: Witrigs via Xperia Blog



1. CamaroSS

Posts: 173; Member since: Jul 24, 2012

RAM is LPDDR4 though - same part number as the one on m9.

8. mixedfish

Posts: 1567; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

Of course, the DDR4 is part of the s810 SoC. Everyone who was claiming it had DDR3 were just making it obvious they know nothing.

2. monoke

Posts: 1197; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

wonder if 810 can be yanked out and replaced with exynos....baam, no more ticking time bomb, gasps.

5. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Nope as the 7420 only works with ufs 2.0 and also means no sd cards readers and so on, if they even looked at using the CPU a full redesign will have been needed

3. epdm2be

Posts: 827; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

I wonder if it's still waterproof after you glue that backpanel again?

6. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

At least warranty won't cover it anymore.

4. waddup121 unregistered

No gain, no complain

7. anleoflippy

Posts: 596; Member since: Jan 03, 2013

No surprise though. There is a video where a Sony Staff put together the phone as if it was Lego.

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