Introduction

Repairability assessment for the ASUS ZenPad 3S 10.

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

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.
  • 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.

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

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

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

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

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 -

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

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