Introduction

Repairability assessment for the ASUS ZenPad 3S 10.

Packaging and device reference photos.
  • Packaging and device reference photos.

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After removing the T3 Torx screws (and microSD card tray), the rear case is simply secured by plastic clips and can be easily removed with a suction cup.
  • After removing the T3 Torx screws (and microSD card tray), the rear case is simply secured by plastic clips and can be easily removed with a suction cup.

  • The rear case is completely bare of components making it a cheap quick replacement and opening procedure.

  • The battery is unfortunately not immediately accessible as it is behind two interconnect cables.

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  • The battery connector can be immediately disconnected. Repairs are always safer with the battery disconnected, so the earlier the better.

  • The first immediately removable components are: rear- and front-facing cameras, button cable, display and daughterboard interconnect cables.

  • All components in this layer are modular, decreasing the price of replacement. Only the button cables feature any adhesive; less adhesive means better repairability.

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  • The battery tray is secured with eleven Phillips screws and is simple to remove.

    • Worth noting: one screw had a tamper-evident sticker, indicative of a manufacturer that doesn't exactly encourage DIY repairs.

  • The adhesive securing the battery to the tray is fairly light, but the battery and tray are so thin that damage may occur during removal.

    • Replacement batteries will not likely include a new tray, so that component will need to be transferred to the new battery.

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  • The majority of the remaining components may be removed at the same time as the battery—however, the motherboard is layered under the battery.

  • Components include: modular microSD reader, motherboard, modular speakers, and daughterboard.

    • The headphone jack is soldered to the motherboard; that high-wear component will be an expensive replacement.

    • The modular components, including the daughterboard, should be fairly inexpensive repairs.

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  • The final components off of the display assembly are two antenna boards with accompanying interconnect cables.

  • The display itself is a digitizer fused to a display and mounted to a display frame; the home button is also built into this assembly. This increases the cost of repair for both digitizer and screen replacements.

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  • The ASUS ZenPad 3S 10 earns an 8 out of 10 on our repairability scale (10 is the easiest to repair):

    • Most components (including the cameras, speakers, volume buttons, charging port board, and microSD reader) are modular and easy to replace.

    • The battery is fairly easy to safely remove and replace.

    • Only mild adhesive, reusable clips, and standard screws (Torx and Phillips) secure the device.

    • Display assembly, including home button, is a single fused component, that requires disassembling the entire tablet to replace.

    • Manufacturer does not provide user-accessible repair documentation.

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Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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anyone know wher i can buy new battery ?

alan alan - Reply

The entire touch screen is non responsive ever since the screen got small crack. Where can i buy digitizer for this tablet and how much is estimated cost? Please help me.

Sulav Uprety - Reply

I’m not even sure how it happened, but I recently found my ZenPad cracked around the home button. The whole display went numb as a result.

I was lucky enough to find a replacement display assembly on eBay. It was around $140 shipped from China. I am assuming the price is due to the fingerprint scanner being fused to the screen/digitizer permanently. I just hope it gets here in working condition. Packaging has never been a strong point of no-brand electronics from China.

M. Landry -

@M. Landry Did it get delivered? And did the replacement work? The whole tablet has been sitting idle for months now. I was using mouse to use it via otg cable. If it worked, then i will order it too.

Sulav Uprety -

Wich emmc is mounted on it?

SpiritFive - Reply

I’m unable to put one of the battery cable back. The one that was folded. Do I have to open its connectors somehow?

Karoly Lukacs - Reply

Thank you for the guide! I replaced the LCD/ glass twice, and while the tablet seems to boot up, I get nothing on the LCD. Can’t be the LCD unless BOTH of them were defective… Not sure what I’m missing here.

David Murray - Reply

How did you remove the button cables from the chassis? I ordered a replacement display from ebay and the one they sent had a broken button cable. They seem to be stuck.

Kevin Mai - Reply

You say the home button / fingerprint scanner is part of the touch screen/LCD/display frame assembly. Do you think it's at all possible to remove the home screen assembly from that? I can find decently priced screen/LCD pieces on eBay, but none of them seem to have the home button.

Ryan Ritson - Reply

I seen a video on YouTube in a foreign language that shows just replacing the screen without the frame. It involved a heat gun and a lot more work!

singnwinds -

Unfortunately, finding the charging board is like trying to find gold in a silver mine. Imposible.

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