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iFixit forces HTC One M9 open

by on06 April 2015

Still as difficult to fix as the One M8

HTC has one of the most expensive / luxurious looking Android phones on the market, and the fact that One flagships have a gorgeous all-metal body comes at a price. 

The folks at the iFixit got an HTC One M9, and tried to gently tear it to down its basic components. As you can imagine, beside the screen, buttons, speakers and the battery, there are plenty of chips inside.

The Snapdragon 810 SoC comes with with 3GB of Samsung LPDDR4 memory in the same package. It is called "Samsung K3RG3G30MM-MGCH 3 GB LPDDR4 RAM + Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 octa-core CPU" and it is optically the biggest chip on the motherboard (red square). Samsung KLMBG4GEND-B031 32 GB eMMC NAND flash takes care of the storage on this model (orange square) while Broadcom BCM4356 2x2 802.11ac Wi-Fi solution with Bluetooth 4.1 support takes care of the wireless standards. The tiniest chip on the board is the Silicon Image SIL8620 MHL 3.0 transmitter.


The motherboard is glued onto the battery which doesn't sound like a smartest idea, and in order to replace the battery you need to take apart the phone, unglue the battery and replace it, which sounds like much more effort than the same procedure on a Galaxy S6 or an iPhone 6.

Screen is still hard to replace

HTC one is using the Synaptics S3351B touchscreen controller, NXP 47803 NFC controller, Qualcomm QFE2550 antenna tuner and Maxim Integrated MAXQ614 16-bit microcontroller with infrared module.

Synaptics is doing quite well winning a high profile devices such as HTC One M9 and the company seems to be the leader when it comes to touchscreen controllers and the technology that makes them tick.

The sad part is that it's really hard to replace the display and needless to say that it was hard to replace the display on last year's HTC One M8. US based customers are protected, since HTC has a replacement program called "Uh-Oh" protection, while European customers will have to reach deep in their pocket and hope a broken display won't cost them a small fortune.

Last modified on 06 April 2015
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