Introduction

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.

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

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

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.
  • 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.

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

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.
  • 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.

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

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.
  • 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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