iFixit pries open Google’s Nexus 4, exposes somewhat stubborn battery

Posted on Nov 17 2012 - 12:07pm by Huzoor Bux

The warranty-voiders over at iFixit decided to spend their Friday evening tearing into a freshly delivered Nexus 4 and have given us a peek inside Google’s smartphone darling. After removing a pair of screws and spending some time prying off the rear cover, the teardown specialists found that the backplate’s sparkling exterior is not the only thing that makes it special. In addition to serving a cosmetic purpose, the hind side plate packs a handful of pressure contacts that power the handset’s NFC antenna and connect its wireless charging induction coil. Extracting the battery required evicting additional screws and a fair amount of elbow grease to wrangle the 2100 mAh pack free from adhesive. As for the motherboard, its removal was a relatively easy process comprised of freeing it from a couple of connectors. The outfit’s final verdict on the device’s repairability isn’t in just yet, but you can tap the source link below to gaze at the LG-made phone’s innards.

Update: iFixit has given Mountain View’s smartphone a 7 out of 10 score in terms of repairability. The 3 point mark-down stems from a tricky battery removal experience and the glass front, which is fused to the display and its frame. Also, despite the lack of LTE support, a close look at the motherboard reveals a Qualcomm WTR1605L seven-band 4G LTE chip.

 
( Via Engadget )