OnePlus' invite system hasn't deterred the folks at iFixit from getting their hands on the device, which they promptly tore down (for science). With a spec sheet that is usually found in devices twice its price, the OnePlus One offers a lot of bang for the buck.
With a repairability score of 5 out of 10, the OnePlus One isn't the hardest device to fix should something break on it. The lack of any proprietary screws and off-the-shelf components mean that you can find replacement easily.
The device comes with a removable back cover, making it that much easier to access the internal hardware. However, the battery isn't removable, and is secured with screws, which takes some finagling to get to.
The 3100 mAh battery on the OnePlus One is larger than what is offered in the Galaxy S5 (2800 mAh) and the HTC One M8 (2600 mAh), but then again, the One sports a larger 5.5-inch screen whereas the other two devices come with a 5.1-inch and 5-inch displays respectively.
The display on the OnePlus One is one of the harder components to repair, as the assembly is attached to the polycarbonate midframe and requires heat to remove. Also, the LCD and digitizer glass being fused together doesn't make things any easier.
Looking for some context? iFixit tore down the Galaxy S5 and One M8 earlier this year, awarding a repairability score of 5 for Samsung's flagship, and a measly 2 for HTC's aluminium clad smartphone.
Interested in the hardware that powers the OnePlus One? Look no further:
- Samsung K3QF7F70DM-QGCF 3 GB LPDDR3 RAM
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 801
- Qualcomm WCD9320 Audio Codec
- AGD2 2402 WX9DR (likely gyroscope)
- Toshiba THGBMBG9D8KBAIG eMMC 5.0 64 GB Onboard Storage
- Skyworks SKY77629-21 Power Amplifier Module
- Qualcomm WCN3680 802.11ac/FM/BT 4.0 Combo Chip
- Qualcomm WTR1625L RF Transceiver
- Skyworks SKY85709 WLAN Front-End Module
- Synaptics S3508A Touchscreen Controller
Head on over to the link below to take a look at the images from the teardown.