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iFixit scores HTC One dead last in repairability

The crew at struggled to crack open the HTC One.

After awarding the BlackBerry Z10 an impressive 8 out of 10 repairability score earlier this week, the folks at found themselves at the other end of the fixibility spectrum when they set out to crack open the HTC One. With its inner workings glued into its highly durable aluminum casing, the HTC One is nearly impossible to take apart without causing damage, and therefore earns a 1 out of 10 repairability score, an unprecedented low score from iFixit for a mobile phone.

But we were most curious about those "ultrapixels" that HTC keeps talking about and which it's now blaming production slowdowns on-- would the camera component look any different? 

The HTC includes a 2.1-megapixel front-facing camera and a rear HTC UltraPixel camera, with a f/2.0 aperture, 28 mm lens and dedicated HTC ImageChip 2.

The camera is powered by a 4MP backside-illuminated sensor made by ST Microelectronics. With the rear camera out, iFixit found two small ICs hiding on the camera's ribbon cable.

A few more iFixit findings: 

  • All chips are located on the front side of the motherboard, and they include:
    • Elpida BA164B1PF 2 GB DDR2 RAM + Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad-core 1.7 GHz CPU
    • Samsung KLMBG4GE2A 32 GB NAND flash memory
    • Qualcomm PM8921 power management IC
    • Qualcomm MDM9215M 4G GSM/UMTS/LTE modem
    • Synaptics S32028
    • TriQuint TQM7M9023 multi-band power amplifier
    • Broadcom BCM4335 single-chip 5G WiFi 802.11ac MAC/baseband/radio with Bluetooth 4.0+HS & FM receiver
  • The 3.8 V battery is rated at 2300 mAh and weighs 38.3 g. It can't be replaced without removing everything from the rear case and then taking out the motherboard.
  • The HTC One's 1080P, 468 ppi resolution rivals today's HDTVs and the 10.6" Surface Pro, but in a 4.7" size. 


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Quick to produce and difficult to repair means it's been designed for junkfill and replacement. Unless there is some proper and mandatory recycling process arranged, many valuable materials will be lost, and many dangerous materials released to the environment. Nevertheless, no advertisement ever will point out the fact.
Like anybody cares. All that matters is sell. Future generations may care about future problems. :-P


?? Where did you come up with this from?? The only person thats going to throw the phone in the garbage is the customer.
I can promise there is a "proper and mandatory recycling process arranged", just like with every other phone out there.
Assuming things just makes you look like an ass.

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What I meant was a customer, of course, and especially where "proper and mandatory recycling process isn't arranged". And it is not so for every other phone everywhere like you think. Or "promise".
So much about assumptions etc.

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You are soooo right about this. But as you said, no one cares. Most don't even understand what you're talking about.

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Personally, I've never given much though to "repairability". 99% of the population has no business digging inside complex electronics. They would be sending a cell phone back to the maker for repairs or replacing it depending on age. Most devices of this price range are not designed to be repaired because the labor cost for repair exceeds the production cost.

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