The HTC Vive gets the teardown treatment

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It’s been a long time coming, but the HTC Vive is finally in the hands of consumers, and we all know what that means. Yup, breakage. Regardless of how hardy the HTC Vive is, Joe Public will find a way to break it. Which then means a repair bill, resulting in a lot of angst. Luckily, the guys at iFixit have taken a look inside the HTC Vive to access its repairability, giving it a surprisingly good score.  Read more

Russians already tearing down the Samsung Galaxy S7

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The official reveal of the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge took place only a couple days ago, but already some Russians managed to get their hands on a unit and proceed to tear it down. What might make this teardown more interesting than some is the opportunity to figure out how Samsung implemented a couple features that were highlighted during their keynote address when announcing the devices. That includes the impressive IP68 waterproof certification and the heatpipe implemented to help control the temperature of the main processor when it is engaged in heavy calculating. Read more

Xiaomi Mi 4c gets the teardown treatment

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The folks over at IT168 managed to get their hands on a brand new Xiaomi Mi 4c, and have dismantled it simply to show us the level of difficulty it requires to repair and rebuild. The handset can be taken apart in fourteen relatively easy steps, but due to an abundance of small parts and screws, it would be somewhat tedious to rebuild at home.

Hit the break to see a few key images from the teardown.

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OnePlus 2 gets the teardown treatment

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Although consumers interested in the OnePlus 2 have to continue to go through the OnePlus invite system to be able to buy the device, the team at iFixit was able to get their hands on one of the units to check out its repairability after putting it through the teardown paces. The original OnePlus smartphone scored a mere 5 out of 10 on the iFixit repairability scale. OnePlus wants the new device to be a “flagship killer” so keep reading to see whether easy repairability is considered part of that equation. Read more

The Huawei Honor 7 gets the teardown treatment

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The folks over at Mobile.It have managed to get their hands on the brand new Huawei Honor 7, and have dismantled it to show us just how difficult it is to repair and rebuild. The handset can be taken apart in 21 relatively easy steps, but due to an abundance of small parts and screws, it would be intensely tedious to rebuild at home.

Hit the break to see a few key images from the teardown.

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LG G4 gets the tear down treatment including X-ray blasts

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LG’s latest flagship, the LG G4, is bucking a recent trend among smartphone manufacturers in continuing to give users access to the battery via a removable back cover. That in itself should help the smartphone achieve a good iFixit teardown score. The question remains though as to whether the rest of the device would be as easy to work on. The iFixit team has their answer and in the process they blast a G4 with some X-rays. Read more

LG G4 will supposedly be very easy to take apart and repair

LG G4 Variety of coloursThe LG G4 is officially available to purchase (although not in the US just yet) so of course you can expect to see unboxing videos, hands on clips, and the typical teardown and repair processes.

A roughly translated dismantling process for LG’s 2015 flagship device has been released, showing off the device’s internals and how tough it’ll be to fix it in case you break something. Fortunately, the G4 isn’t following the same trend as other newer phones and is pretty easy to take apart and repair. Read more

Right on time, the LG Watch Urbane gets the teardown treatment

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The iFixit team is back with their latest teardown in which they took some time to figure out how easy it may be to repair an LG Watch Urbane. The LG Watch Urbane has been described as the closest a smart watch has come to being similar to a traditional watch and in many respects, the iFixit teardown seems to bear this out. Unfortunately, replacing a cracked screen will be a bit of a challenge, although the device managed to score a very respectable 7 out of 10 on the iFixit team’s scale where 10 is the easiest to repair. Read more