DIY repairs a challenge for Huawei Mate 20 Pro

With the release of the Huawei Mate 20 Pro a few weeks ago, it is time for the folks at iFixit to check out what kind of potential there is for consumers to do their own repairs on the smartphone. Considering how complex smartphones are getting as they try to balance top hardware with durability, users should probably not be surprised to learn that the Huawei Mate 20 Pro gets a low score for repair-ability. That is a trend we have been seeing now for leading devices released in 2018. 

Driving the score down in iFixit’s opinion was an unusually high reliance on the use of glue by Huawei to secure the front and rear glass panels. iFixit points out that not only is the glue extremely tough, but trying to manipulate and separate the glass panels from the sticky mount increases the odds of breaking the glass.

In terms of how additional complexity and features can have a negative impact on ease of repair, iFixit notes that the presence of an in-display fingerprint scanner makes screen replacements a bit more challenging. The scanner will be an additional component that has to be replaced when a screen is cracked and needs replacement.

iFixit also notes that the Huawei Mate 20 Pro uses more flex connectors than the typical smartphone from other manufacturers. On the plus side, this is driven a bit by the number of modular components used by Huawei. More modules is generally a good thing because it means replacement parts can be purchased for just the bad piece without replacing other hardware that is fine and happened to be stuck on the same board. A couple other items that iFixit liked were the use of standard Phillips head screws and a relatively easy path to battery replacement.

Overall, iFixit rated the Huawei Mate 20 Pro a four out of ten on their repairability scale. That is the same score that other phones recently received, like the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, the Huawei Mate 10 Pro, and the LG G7.

source: Android Authority


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Raised in North Carolina, Jeff Causey is a licensed CPA in North Carolina. Jeff's past Android devices include an HTC EVO, a Samsung Note II, an LG G3, and a Motorola Moto X Pure Edition along with a Samsung Galaxy Tablet 10.1. He currently uses a Samsung Galaxy S8 and (very rarely) a Nexus 7 (2013). He is also using a Verizon-branded Motorola Moto Z Play Droid supplied by his job. Jeff used to have a pair of Google Glass and a Moto 360 Sport in his stable of gadgets. Unfortunately, his kids have all drunk the Apple Kool-Aid and have i-devices. Life at home often includes demonstrations of the superiority of his Android based devices. In his free time, Jeff is active an active runner usually training for his next marathon, owns a Mazda MX-5 Miata, and plays Dungeons & Dragons. Jeff has three grown kids and a golden retriever.