A week and a half ago, OnePlus introduced the new flagship family OnePlus 9. The iFixit specialists spent this time with benefit and managed to test and evaluate the maintainability of the older model – OnePlus 9 Pro.
The video disassembly shows what is hidden inside the gadget and what problems you may encounter during the repair. So, the opening procedure is the same as for the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra, including a strong adhesive next to the camera tab. And under the cover is a wireless charging coil, various cables that need to be unplugged before removing the battery, and several 5G antennas that traverse internal components.
The battery consists of two cells. Replacing it isn’t easy, but iFixit notes that OnePlus offers large tabs on its smartphones’ batteries to make removing them easier than other manufacturers.
As a result, the OnePlus 9 Pro received only 4 points out of 10 possible. However, last year’s OnePlus 8 Pro had the same score, while the Galaxy S21 Ultra had 1 point less.
“Its easy-to-remove battery and relatively modular design are positives, but the glued-on back panel is a barrier to disassembly and repair, which further exacerbates the situation. The display requires difficult disassembly for access and may break at the same time due to the abundance of glue and curved edges, ”summed up in iFixit.