Introduction

Repairability assessment for the ASUS ZenPad 3S 10.

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  • Packaging and device reference photos.

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Image 1/2: The rear case is completely bare of components making it a cheap quick replacement and opening procedure. Image 2/2: The battery is unfortunately not immediately accessible as it is behind two interconnect cables.
  • 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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Image 1/1: The first immediately removable components are: rear- and front-facing cameras, button cable, display and daughterboard interconnect cables.
  • 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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Image 1/2: Worth noting: one screw had a tamper-evident sticker, indicative of a manufacturer that doesn't exactly encourage DIY repairs. Image 2/2: 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.
  • 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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Image 1/1: Components include: modular microSD reader, motherboard, modular speakers, and daughterboard.
  • 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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Image 1/1: 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.
  • 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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Image 1/1: Most components (including the cameras, speakers, volume buttons, charging port board, and microSD reader) are modular and easy to replace.
  • 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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