Introduction

The Oppo R9m walks like an iPhone, looks different inside, but scores like an iPhone, too.

Exterior reference shots. Exterior reference shots. Exterior reference shots.
  • Exterior reference shots.

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T2 Torx screws appear to secure the display, but removing them doesn't seem to make its removal any easier. Very strong clips secure the interior of the phone to the stiff metal rear case.
  • T2 Torx screws appear to secure the display, but removing them doesn't seem to make its removal any easier.

    • Very strong clips secure the interior of the phone to the stiff metal rear case.

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Nothing on the rear case.
  • Nothing on the rear case.

  • Battery immediately accessible.

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Battery pull tab has instructions and works well to peel the battery up. Adhesive is fairly stiff. Battery takes protective sheet with it, revealing interconnect cables.
  • Battery pull tab has instructions and works well to peel the battery up. Adhesive is fairly stiff.

  • Battery takes protective sheet with it, revealing interconnect cables.

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After the battery the next available components are:
  • After the battery the next available components are:

    • Antenna interconnect cables.

    • Charging port and cable, very good for repair, individual part, and easily accessible.

    • Various brackets, annoying for reassembly, but standard Phillips #00 screws are a bonus.

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The motherboard-daughterboard interconnect cable connects to the underside of the daughterboard, which makes removing the cable or board more difficult. The headphone jack is soldered to the daughterboard, but the board is small and has minimal parts, so it should be an inexpensive replacement component.
  • The motherboard-daughterboard interconnect cable connects to the underside of the daughterboard, which makes removing the cable or board more difficult.

  • The headphone jack is soldered to the daughterboard, but the board is small and has minimal parts, so it should be an inexpensive replacement component.

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Motherboard and speaker assembly are now removable. Once the motherboard is removed the following components can be removed: camera bracket, cameras, interconnect cable.
  • Motherboard and speaker assembly are now removable.

  • Once the motherboard is removed the following components can be removed: camera bracket, cameras, interconnect cable.

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The display assembly final components are fairly easily removed: home button bracket, home button, button cables, vibrator, earpiece speaker.
  • The display assembly final components are fairly easily removed: home button bracket, home button, button cables, vibrator, earpiece speaker.

  • Including the frame and fused display in the display assembly makes the part more expensive.

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The Oppo R9m earns a 7 out of 10 on our repairability scale (10 is the easiest to repair): Battery is fairly easily accessible and removable.
  • The Oppo R9m earns a 7 out of 10 on our repairability scale (10 is the easiest to repair):

    • Battery is fairly easily accessible and removable.

    • Most components are extremely modular making for cheaper repairs.

    • The opening procedure is extremely tough, clips are very stiff and likely to be broken.

    • The single unit display assembly is annoying to reach, and will be a costly part.

    • Manufacturer does not provide user-accessible repair documentation.

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