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Teardown: take a better look inside the LG Watch Urbane
The LG Watch Urbane is one of the best looking smartwatches on the market, so wouldn’t it be great to see what exactly goes into building a device like this? The folks over at iFixit recently gave the Watch Urbane the teardown treatment, giving us a better look at the watch’s internals.
Unlike the LG G Watch, removing the back panel of the Watch Urbane required some heat. This means that since it’s not secured by screws, you’ll need to replace the adhesive before re-sealing the back plate to maintain the IP67 water resistant rating. Once the adhesive is removed, the back plate is surprisingly easy to take off. Moving forward, the Urbane’s motherboard and battery are also easy to remove, meaning that with a bit of elbow grease, it’s entirely possible to replace these parts on your own.
One of the bigger challenges with this teardown is removing the display, which is fused to the glass. It’s possible to separate the two, but it will pose a difficult task if you need to replace the display. Furthermore, the iFixit team found that this was the only way to replace a cracked screen – the display and digitizer are adhered to the back of the glass after being installed in the watch body.
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Overall, the Watch Urbane scored an impressive repairability score of 7 out of 10 (10 is the easiest to repair). While the screen and digitizer are difficult to remove, just about every other part of the watch is (relatively) easy to replace. For more images and information on the teardown, head to the source link below.