July 21st, 2015
The HTC One M8 may well be HTC’s best-ever smartphone, but you’d better keep it cocooned in bubble wrap — the latest teardown from the iFixit team shows that the new flagship Android device will be incredibly difficult to carry out DIY repairs on.
Breaking down the handset into its component parts, it’ll be a challenge to take off the rear casing without damaging it in the process. Swapping out a battery will be difficult too with the power pack hidden underneath the motherboard, while the display is the most tricky fix of all to access, trapped beneath all other components in the device. With tape and glue used liberally throughout, iFixit awards the HTC One M8 a repairability score of 2 out of 10.
It seems that HTC may have anticipated this, launching the HTC One Advantage scheme in the US, which allows an owner to replace a cracked screen free of charge within the first six months after purchase. In other words, the warranty is there because it needs to be.
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