Unlike most tablets, the Huawei MediaPad M2 10.0 has a display assembly that is easy to remove, a big positive when looking at repair. The battery is incredibly difficult to remove, however, giving the tablet a 7 out of 10 on the repairability scale.

Front/back reference shots.
  • Front/back reference shots.

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Simple plastic clips make opening easy.
  • Simple plastic clips make opening easy.

  • The display cable has enough slack to lay the display aside to work on the interior.

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  • Display assembly carries: display interconnect cable, home button/fingerprint reader and cable, and its bracket.

    • Home button/fingerprint reader is easily removed and replaced.

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  • The battery is glued to the rear case by very strong adhesive.

  • Heat, adhesive removal fluid, and much prying, the battery is removed.

    • Frustrating that an inevitable repair/replacement would be this hard, but at least it isn't blocking other components' replacement.

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  • The bracket over the speaker and button/headphone jack cable has two different kinds of screws, Torx and Phillips, making removal obnoxious.

  • Removable in parallel with the battery are: lower speaker, speaker/antennas, brackets, and microphone bumper.

    • SIM tray can be removed while the device is sealed, obviously.

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  • The final components out of the rear case are fairly modular:

    • SIM reader and vibrator assembly

    • Headphone jack and button cable assembly

    • Front and rear facing cameras

    • Motherboard, unfortunately has a soldered-on charging port. That means a more expensive repair for a common failure point.

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  • The Huawei MediaPad M2 earns a 7 out of 10 on our repairability scale (10 is the easiest to repair):

    • The display is easily removed from the simple clips holding it to the body, simplifying repairs.

    • Most components are modular and not overly complex.

    • The battery is extremely difficult to remove, even with heat and prying.

    • The charging port is soldered to the motherboard, making replacement of this high-use component expensive.

    • Manufacturer does not provide user-accessible repair documentation.

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