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Although we are excited to see only Phillips screws, the globs of adhesive holding the battery are keeping the Huawei MediaPad T2 7.0 Pro from getting more than a 6 out of 10 on the repairability scale.

  1. Front/back and fingerprint sensor.
    • Front/back and fingerprint sensor.

    • Fingerprint sensor is solid-state, and less likely to fail than a button.

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  2. Entry method is to remove the rear bathtub case, even though that's not very evident and the seal is extremely tight for opening tools.
    • Entry method is to remove the rear bathtub case, even though that's not very evident and the seal is extremely tight for opening tools.

    • The rear case is soft plastic and may be damaged when removed.

    • Fingerprint sensor and its cable connect the two halves, but there's some slack so it's not awful.

    • The fingerprint sensor and its metal frame are very securely adhered to the rear case. They can be removed, but not without deforming the case.

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    • Nasty strong adhesive secures the battery, no pull tabs. Prying and acetone were used to soften/cut the adhesive.

    • Battery rests against the back of the display assembly, the gap in the midframe is ringed by four pieces of thick tape.

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    • Layer of components removable upon opening: rear-facing camera, speaker assembly, antenna interconnect board.

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    • Display connector is on the back side of the motherboard, with plenty of slack to flip the board over to disconnect.

    • Soldered pancake vibrator and removable camera.

    • Button cable can be removed after the motherboard.

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    • The display assembly (glass+display) is very strongly adhered to the display frame. Removing it will be difficult, and will require replacement adhesive.

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    • The Huawei MediaPad T2 earns a 6 out of 10 on our repairability scale (10 is the easiest to repair):

      • Rear case is secured by clips, not glue, and is flexible enough to remove fairly easily.

      • Non-proprietary Phillips screws used throughout.

      • Battery is held in place with excessive adhesive. A hole in the midframe means prying the battery out may risk damaging the back of the display.

      • Charging port is soldered to motherboard, increasing cost of a common repair.

      • Manufacturer does not provide user-accessible repair documentation.

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