How well built is the OnePlus One? This teardown reveals all

by: Robert TriggsJune 18, 2014
OnePlus One teardown

The OnePlus One is offering premium hardware specs at a cut down price, but that does make you wonder if the designers have had to cut corners somewhere inside to keep it so cheap. Fortunately, the tinkerers over at iFixit have decided to take the OnePlus One apart to investigate how easy the device would be to repair, should something unfortunate ever happen to it.

The verdict – a rather mixed 5 out of 10. This means that the device isn’t as tricky to get into and repair as the HTC One M8, which scored a pitiful 1/10. However, there are some more questionable design decisions which might lead to a few headaches, should the worst happen to your new handset.OnePlus One batteryUnfortunately, the biggest problems are found with the parts that are most likely to ever need replacing, the battery and the display panel. Oddly, the battery’s connector is trapped underneath a plastic panel which is screwed down, meaning that you will have to break the tools out to simply change in a fresh battery. In other words, the battery is not readily replaceable.

The display has a similarly frustrating issue, as the LCD part is glued on to the digitizer glass. The problem with this, not uncommon, design decision is that an entire replacement will be needed even if you only crack the top part of the display, making replacements more troublesome and expensive.

OnePlus One mainboardOn the plus side, the rest of the components in the OnePlus One are quite modular in nature, making replacements easier to come by and quite simple to fit in. Everything else seems pretty well put together, without copious amounts of glue or tape keeping things trapped away and preventing easy repairs.

If you would like a closer peek inside the OnePlus One, and a detailed breakdown of all the components, you can check out iFixit’s full teardown in the link below.

  • Mf Lye

    Where’s the link?

  • Sunny

    It’s cheap because they did not have to spend anything for adveritising/marketing

  • Zachary Yeh

    The m8 scored 2/10, not 1.

  • who cares? i don’t have it, u don’t have it.

  • Heyamil

    no matters the oneplus one is one of the best and cheap cell phones that i have ever seen, even has a Led Lampen

  • Tommy

    With the performance aspect, the above average camera quality, and Cyanogen in its corner, the price you pay for such a powerful package seems way too good to be true. And if you have decided to become a proud owner of this device, perhaps you’re in the market for a solid and beautiful protection case as well.

  • Jay Pollard

    I’m going through the process of getting my one plus one repaired (dropped it in a river) and I must say it is the single most painful RMA process I have ever done in 23 years of IT service work. They are simply HORRIBLE!!!!