HTC One M9 teardown shows a flagship that's difficult to repair

HTC One M9
HTC One M9

The team actually gave the HTC One M9 the same score as the M8 (an abysmal 2 out of 10), which proved to be just as difficult to repair. This shouldn't come as much of a surprise considering we're looking at a similar design with the two handsets. Some highlights from the teardown include notable defects with the unit iFixit received, including a dead pixel on the screen as well as some minor scratches.

HTC One M9 Teardown

The HTC One M9 was – however – fairly easy to take apart initially, not requiring heat for the case to be taken apart. But this was soon forgotten by intense use of adhesives, making numerous components difficult to both remove and replace. Another major drawback for phone repairability is actually the battery. Just like the M8, the HTC One M9's battery is buried deep inside the device, hindering its replacement.

Be sure to check out the full teardown on the iFixit website.

Source: iFixit

Rich Edmonds
  • Low repairability for these newer devices shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone really. The more attractive and good-looking it is, the more complex the insides are. Posted via the Android Central App on my T-Mobile LG G3
  • I know it shouldn't matter, but it does. Mostly I look at the battery. But it is definitely better for it to be easier. For example I had a Sim issue with my ATIV S. I ordered the tray and replaced it. Pretty simple. Because of this and the fact of parts being more easily accessible, I prefer Samsung. Posted via the Android Central App
  • No surprise, really. The M7 and M8 weren't repair-friendly either. Posted via the Android Central App
  • In other news water is wet. Posted via the Android Central App
  • LOL
  • Another reason to get the S6.
  • Wait, what?
  • HTC and dissection don't seem to go together...
  • Not a surprise to me when they have received an imperfect device. That's inline with my own experiences with HTC when I got my M8. The first phone had nice physical shape but a dash of glue under screen. Of course I went for a replacement immediately. The replacement phone had a tiny dent at the back, and the screen had a dead pixel or maybe a tiny dust between backlight and LCD panel. As the seller is remote to me, and the dead pixel is not visible 90% of the time, I just settled down with this phone. While the HW quality control is not nice, the phone design and sense software are among the best I've seen.
  • I have a Sprint HTC One M7 with lollipop. How do I add another user account?