Last year we tore down the OnePlus One—an initial offering from a scrappy Shenzhen startup. Their first attempt didn’t fare too well on the teardown table, scoring a middling 5/10 on our repairability scale. Given that assessment, we were impressed when OnePlus called us and offered up their second device, the OnePlus 2. With futuristic features like a USB-C port, 4 GB of RAM, and Optical Image Stabilization, clearly OnePlus has made some changes. But were they for the better?
OnePlus 2 Teardown
OnePlus 2 Teardown on August 13, 2015.
While the OnePlus 2’s battery isn’t immediately replaceable, the minimal adhesive and handy Phillips screws didn’t put up much of a fight. Along with modularity and simple cabling, the design is a definite improvement from the first generation, earning itself a 7/10 on the repairability scale.
Kudos to OnePlus! They showed that improved specs and improved repairability aren’t mutually exclusive. We hope more future phones follow this fashion.
OnePlus 2 Teardown highlights:
• The OnePlus 2 is one of the first mass-market smartphones with a USB-C port, offering faster wired data transfers with the added benefit of a reversible connector.
• An easily-opened case means increased repairability. Modular components that can be replaced independently of one another means even more repairability. Cool beans.
• The “not removable” battery is no match for our teardown engineer! Although this battery is tucked behind the midframe, it’s actually much easier to extract than the previous One’s.
• Unfortunately, the LCD and digitizer glass are fused together and must be replaced as a single part. Also, a bit of heat is required to remove it from the midframe.
- OnePlus 2’s hardware:
• Qualcomm Snapdragon 810
• Samsung K3RG2G2 4 GB LPDDR4 dual-channel RAM
• Qualcomm PM899
• Qualcomm WCD9330 audio codec
• Qualcomm PM8994
• RF Micro Devices RF7389EU multi-band power amplifier
• Skyworks 77814-11 power amplifier module for LTE
• Qualcomm WTR3905 RF transceiver for dual SIM support
• Qualcomm QFE1100 envelope tracking IC
• Qualcomm QCA6174 802.11ac Wi-Fi 2×2 MIMO combo SoC
• Samsung KLMCG8GEND-B031 eMMC NAND flash memory
• NXP TFA9890 audio amplifier