iFixit pries open HTC One to reveal its aluminum unibody

by: Gary SimsMarch 29, 2013

htc one unibodyThere are those that like using smartphones and there are those that like taking them apart! The iFixit team falls into the latter category and this time they have the HTC One in their sights. It seems that prying the HTC One apart isn’t easy and iFixit has given the HTC One a repairability score of 1 out of 10 (where 10 is easiest to repair). According to the experts the HTC One is very difficult to open without damaging the rear case. But there is some good news, not only does the HTC One look great on the outside, it is impressive on the inside too!

After struggling for over half an hour the 4.7 inch, full HD HTC One finally yielded and revealed its impressive  aluminum unibody. HTC has said that it worked hard to create a phone with a zero gap construction, and the HTC One features a completely seamless body. To do this, the unibody is made using an electro-chemical etching process to achieve the perfect fit and finish!

OK, enough oozing over the unibody. The phone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad-core 1.7 GHz CPU and has 2 GB of DDR2 RAM. The flash memory comes from Samsung and the 4G GSM/UMTS/LTE modem is made by Qualcomm. The final bit of comms magic comes from Broadcom in the form of a single-chip 5G W-Fi 802.11ac MAC/baseband/radio with Bluetooth 4.0+HS & FM receiver.

On the power front the HTC One uses a 3.8 V battery rated at 2300 mAh. For comparison,  the Galaxy S III has a 3.8 V, 2100 mAh battery, while the iPhone 5 has a 3.8 V, 1440 mAh battery. The debate over sealed batteries versus user replaceable batteries is sure to continue especially since the HTC One battery is almost impossible to replace, even by skilled technicians!

Other things to note about the HTC One are its 2.1 MP front-facing camera; its f/2.0 UltraPixel camera powered by a 4 MP backside-illuminated sensor from ST Microelectronics; and its Beats Audio dual-speakers.

What do you think? Does its repairability worry you? Does the impressive unibody compensate for any repairability concerns?

htc one inside iFixit

  • Bone

    Lol, worst repairability ever. Seriously.

  • Spoken Word™

    No phone is designed to be user serviceable and I doubt many people actually attempt to do so. The thinner our gadgets get the less friendly they will become to being molested.

    • Jared Persinger

      Well put

  • Milind

    I’m not sure whether I’d be able to get it repaired without sending it back to HTC anyway. But in countries like India, where you do find some amazing hole-in-the-wall mobile repair shops, it may become an issue. Also an issue may be the cost of insurance. I know that replacing the glass on my Galaxy S2 is more expensive than on other models because of the way it is assembled. That might end up affecting the insurance premiums or deductible.

    What bothers me on a day to day basis is the inability to replace the battery. That is more likely to drive me to the S4.

    • amine ELouakil

      It comes with 3 years warranty… if that’s is not viable to you then buy an S4….

      • Question is not the 3 year warranty.. the pertinent issue is whether the One will hit the markets before the S4!!!
        The most sales it can muster is before the S4 release and looking at the way availability dates get pushed back, One is writing its obituary even before its launch.

        • amine ELouakil

          It’s already in sale in several markers, it will hit the market before the S4 for sure, because the S4 it self wont hit all the markets at the same time production is ramping up aswell for it

  • That’s legitemately sexy.

  • TNM

    i never understood why everyone seems to ignore the fact that there is a breaking-point build in these phones -> the battery.

    Making it non replacable is just…how can anyone justify this? Are we so used to throw everything away that now its 500$ phones, who cares?

    Say what you want about Samsung, as ugly as the phone may be compared to the HTC ONE or iPhone, i know i can give it to someone else (do you have no family members to give old phones to?) after 1,5-2 years, put a new battery in and on you go.

    Maybe thats just me…

  • PuzzledObserver

    I think it’s an environmental crime to make hard-to-repair products. Aluminum or plastic makes no difference to me. I cover to phone with a case.