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What would you do for a OnePlus 2? We're a little shy, so we asked OnePlus if we could skip the dance party and flashmob contests, and they happily sent us a unit to rip apart. Kudos for their bravery.

Self-styled as the "2016 flagship killer," the OnePlus 2 steps into the Android phone market with circus-clown-sized shoes to fill. After the OnePlus 1's lackluster repairability score last year, we're hopeful that the new model brings some refinements and improvements for repair-minded folk like ourselves.

Follow along as we disassemble OnePlus' latest offering and see if they'll "never settle" for a 5/10 in repairability again.

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This teardown is not a repair guide. To repair your OnePlus 2, use our service manual.

Image 1/3: 5.5-inch IPS display (1920x1080, 401 PPI) Image 2/3: 13 MP main camera, 5 MP selfie cam; up to 4K video; 720p slow-mo at 120fps Image 3/3: 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor with 1.8 GHz Octa-core CPU and Adreno 430 GPU
  • The OnePlus 2 will need a bit of brawn to beat the big boys. Let's check its specs:

    • 5.5-inch IPS display (1920x1080, 401 PPI)

    • 13 MP main camera, 5 MP selfie cam; up to 4K video; 720p slow-mo at 120fps

    • 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor with 1.8 GHz Octa-core CPU and Adreno 430 GPU

    • 3 or 4 GB LPDDR4 RAM

    • 16 or 64 GB eMMC v5.0 storage capacity

    • 802.11a/n/ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS/GLONASS, Digital Compass—and USB-C connectivity (a pretty snazzy cherry to top off these features)

  • Can't wait to see inside? Neither could we! Fortunately, we have friends with X-ray vision.

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Image 1/3: On the back of the phone, we find the highly touted six-element, 13 MP, f/2.0 rear-facing camera, flash, and laser autofocus blaster. Image 2/3: Is that a USB-C port we USB-see? Image 3/3: One of the first mass-market smartphones with a USB-C port, the OnePlus 2 gets the benefit of a reversible connector—though it seemingly lacks the [http://www.androidpolice.com/2015/07/27/the-oneplus-two-does-not-support-quick-charging-or-wireless-charging-of-any-kind/|faster charging and data transfer abilities|new_window=true] we'd hope for.
  • Meet the new "alert slider." OnePlus has developed a "volume" control for your notifications, throttling to various levels of priority with a single switch.

  • On the back of the phone, we find the highly touted six-element, 13 MP, f/2.0 rear-facing camera, flash, and laser autofocus blaster.

  • Is that a USB-C port we USB-see?

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the port is only Type-C, but it's still 2.0 underneath, so it's not any faster than the other phones

ozone89dp - Reply

Good catch! We've updated the text.

Jeff Suovanen -

Image 1/3: Thankfully, OnePlus has also foregone the use of adhesive for the rear cover, instead opting for plastic clips. Image 2/3: We got our hopes up, but prying the case up revealed a solid midframe, no battery in sight. Image 3/3: The easily-removable rear case means increased repairability—though we suspect the ease of replacement has more to do with OnePlus' [http://www.droid-life.com/2015/07/27/oneplus-2-styleswap-covers-here-are-your-5-options/|StyleSwap covers|new_window=true].
  • Like another recent flagship Android phone, the OnePlus 2 lacks external screws.

  • Thankfully, OnePlus has also foregone the use of adhesive for the rear cover, instead opting for plastic clips.

  • We got our hopes up, but prying the case up revealed a solid midframe, no battery in sight.

    • The easily-removable rear case means increased repairability—though we suspect the ease of replacement has more to do with OnePlus' StyleSwap covers.

    • And at least we have access to the dual-slotted Nano SIM tray, no SIM eject tool needed.

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Image 1/3: The OnePlus 2 hits back as we find even more screws hidden away beneath rubber covers. Image 2/3: We also find a single screw wearing a tamper-evident seal—one that we're pretty sure OnePlus expected would be broken... Image 3/3: We also find a single screw wearing a tamper-evident seal—one that we're pretty sure OnePlus expected would be broken...
  • With the rear cover removed, we set to work on a vast legion of screws. It's miles better than glue, but there are just so many... Fortunately, our Pro Tech Screwdriver Set is on hand to face down this gaggle of Phillips fasteners.

  • The OnePlus 2 hits back as we find even more screws hidden away beneath rubber covers.

  • We also find a single screw wearing a tamper-evident seal—one that we're pretty sure OnePlus expected would be broken...

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Image 1/2: A peek inside reveals the signature red battery and a bit of the motherboard. Image 2/2: There's not much left in the midframe cover—just a loudspeaker, and cover lenses for the camera and LED flash. We'll move on to greener and more tempting pastures...
  • Turns out that well-secured midframe is a thin plastic cover—now (minus 18 screws) easily removed.

  • A peek inside reveals the signature red battery and a bit of the motherboard.

  • There's not much left in the midframe cover—just a loudspeaker, and cover lenses for the camera and LED flash. We'll move on to greener and more tempting pastures...

Where can I buy this OnePlus 2 Camera Lens Middle Frame?

amlcosta - Reply

Looking for a OnePlus 2 Camera Lens Middle Frame as well!

Fabio Hofer -

please let met know if you got mid frame lens

chaks -

I'm looking for one too! Have you guys found one yet?

Lucas Deckers - Reply

I think i could replace my OPO's battery with OP2, what suggestions? Are the dimensions same? I'd like to add those 200mAh.

Jidhin George - Reply

Image 1/3: The ''not-removable'' battery makes a pretty red target for our grabby teardown hands. Image 2/3: Although this battery is tucked under that midframe cover, it's actually much easier to extract than the lithium polymer cell in the [https://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/OnePlus+One+Teardown/26484#s66110|OnePlus One|new_window=true]. Image 3/3: At 3.8 V and 3,300 mAh, this battery also provides a slight improvement from the One's 3,100 mAh lithium polymer cell.
  • "Battery is not removable," you say. Sounds like a challenge to us.

  • The not-removable battery makes a pretty red target for our grabby teardown hands.

    • Although this battery is tucked under that midframe cover, it's actually much easier to extract than the lithium polymer cell in the OnePlus One.

  • At 3.8 V and 3,300 mAh, this battery also provides a slight improvement from the One's 3,100 mAh lithium polymer cell.

    • That puts the 2 a rank above the 2,915 mAh iPhone 6 plus and 2,550 mAh Galaxy S6, and even edges out the 3,220 mAh cell in the monolithic Nexus 6.

I think i could replace my OPO's battery with OP2, what suggestions? Are the dimensions same? I'd like to add those 200mAh.

Jidhin George - Reply

Image 1/2: 13 MP, ''f''/2.0 rear-facing camera with Optical Image Stabilization and Dual-LED flash. Image 2/2: 5 MP front-facing selfie camera.
  • Smartphones today are without a doubt the go-to photography tool (camera!) of choice. That makes the shooters in these smart devices a cardinal comparator. Here's what OnePlus brings against the competition:

    • 13 MP, f/2.0 rear-facing camera with Optical Image Stabilization and Dual-LED flash.

    • 5 MP front-facing selfie camera.

  • To make the most of this killer hardware, OnePlus is rolling out a software update to offer 4K video and 10-bit RAW image recording.

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Image 1/2: That rear-facing camera features 1.3 µm light-collecting pixels—the biggest ever in a 13 MP smartphone camera. Image 2/2: But not bigger than the iPhone 6's 1.5 µm pixels in its 8 MP camera. Make of that what you will.
  • According to our research, the main camera sports an Omnivision OV13860 PureCel-S image sensor while the selfie camera uses a 5 MP OmniVision OV5648.

  • That rear-facing camera features 1.3 µm light-collecting pixels—the biggest ever in a 13 MP smartphone camera.

    • But not bigger than the iPhone 6's 1.5 µm pixels in its 8 MP camera. Make of that what you will.

  • Taking a closer look with our X-ray vision, we can clearly make out the electromechanical actuators that move the lens, providing that optical image stabilization.

    • They're the horizontal and vertical bars surrounding the lens.

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Image 1/3: This component is made up of two parts: an IR LED and matched receiver. Image 2/3: The IR LED probably  projects a cone of IR light on the subject, which bounces to the receiver. This lets the camera estimate the distance to the subject, and snap the focus to match. Image 3/3: We also shot it full of X-rays, because we can.
  • One last component makes up the OnePlus 2's fancy photographer: The infrared laser rangefinder.

  • This component is made up of two parts: an IR LED and matched receiver.

    • The IR LED probably projects a cone of IR light on the subject, which bounces to the receiver. This lets the camera estimate the distance to the subject, and snap the focus to match.

  • We also shot it full of X-rays, because we can.

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  • Our always-trusty spudger shows up to detach the handful of cables still keeping the motherboard in place.

  • A few of the many midframe screws served to secure the motherboard—but having dispatched those previously, we're faced with just one more.

    • Screw removed, alert slider up, and—with a bit of prying—the motherboard is out.

I think you should highlight the SLIDER UP or remove metal shield.

Matthias Harter - Reply

Image 1/2: Qualcomm PM899 Image 2/2: Qualcomm WCD9330 audio codec
  • Samsung K3RG2G2 LPDDR4 dual-channel RAM, with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 layered beneath

  • Qualcomm PM899

  • Qualcomm WCD9330 audio codec

  • Qualcomm PMI8994 Power Management IC

  • RF Micro Devices RF7389EU multi-band power amplifier

  • Skyworks 77814-11 power amplifier module for LTE

  • Qualcomm WTR3905 RF transceiver for dual SIM support

  • Qualcomm QFE1100 envelope tracking IC

Hello

Is the audio jack removable or is it soldered to the board?

Thank you.

Alberto - Reply

Image 1/1: Qualcomm [http://www.anandtech.com/show/7921/qualcomm-announces-mumimo-80211ac-family-increasing-the-efficiency-of-80211ac-networks|QCA6174|new_window=true] 802.11ac Wi-Fi 2x2 MIMO combo SoC
  • And on the reverse...

Is the SIM card slot mechanism soldered to the board? If no, how is it attached?

Richard Ricksecker - Reply

Image 1/3: It's a little more fiddly than [https://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/OnePlus+One+Teardown/26484#s66117|last year's One|new_window=true], but certainly not the [https://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/iPhone+6+Plus+Teardown/29206#s69152|Apple standard charging port mess|new_window=true]. Image 2/3: USB-C is a pretty new addition to the smartphone world, so naturally we took a peek inside. Image 3/3: USB-C's design is compact and reversible, much like Apple's Lightning connector—but cooler. It's a more open standard, and has more features. Let's hope these ports stick around, and can put up with charging cable abuse.
  • The USB-C port cable is pretty barebones—just a couple of (mysterious) spring contacts, which is good news for repair.

  • USB-C is a pretty new addition to the smartphone world, so naturally we took a peek inside.

    • USB-C's design is compact and reversible, much like Apple's Lightning connector—but cooler. It's a more open standard, and has more features. Let's hope these ports stick around, and can put up with charging cable abuse.

Looking at several of the high-resolution photos, my best guess about the two mysterious spring contacts is that they sense when the back is off the device.

Dominic Dunlop - Reply

I figured possible dock support with a cover change

Ben Smith -

its for Hydrogen, it reads which SwapStyle you have and applies a theme to the OS. pretty cool feature, but useless for the USA =[

Joe Sweeney -

Cooler? How? Great, it may not get as loose as microUSB (at least not as fast), but it can't even charge at 2A. Lightning can, without "oh does it support fast charging 2.0 or USB 3.1 or blah blah blah", and it's still bigger than Lightning. Seems like a personal opinion/preference thing. Not to mention that it's 3 years late, and is available in, what, 2 phones at this point? Lightning has worked well for a full 3 years and even when it was first released, doesn't get loose. That remains to be seen with USB-C.

prokanda - Reply

I think what's meant by the statement is that the OnePlus Two is compliant with standards, rather than making their own for seemingly no reason or need.

OliverMller -

Image 1/3: The little foam foundation is the speaker box for that loudspeaker we spied in the midframe. Image 2/3: The daughterboard also houses a [https://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/LG+G4+Teardown/42705#s98239|familiar classic|new_window=true]: a coin-style vibration motor. Unfortunately, you'll need a soldering iron to replace it. Image 3/3: On the [https://d3nevzfk7ii3be.cloudfront.net/igi/LRcCQZFtFOyYnLHt|backside|new_window=true] we find yet more spring contacts, a microphone, and the soft button LEDs. Like the motherboard, this daughter is a busy board.
  • Under the charging port cable, we strike daughterboard. Eureka!

  • The little foam foundation is the speaker box for that loudspeaker we spied in the midframe.

  • The daughterboard also houses a familiar classic: a coin-style vibration motor. Unfortunately, you'll need a soldering iron to replace it.

  • On the backside we find yet more spring contacts, a microphone, and the soft button LEDs. Like the motherboard, this daughter is a busy board.

Would you tell about speaker? Is it possible to replace it to more expensive one?

iSpot - Reply

What does the One Plus Two use for cooling the SoC? I didn't see any copper heatpipes.

Fernando Guerrero - Reply

  • It was bound to happen sooner or later—out comes the iOpener to beat down the adhesive that secures the display to the midframe of the device.

  • After a quick spot of heat under the iOpener, the display of the OnePlus 2 is easily freed using a couple opening picks.

  • We finally get a good look at the backside of the 5.5-inch display assembly next to the now-empty shell of the midframe.

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Image 1/2: We also get a look at what turns out to be a soft home button which sits awkwardly  below the very delicate side button cables. This is sure to make replacing the home button more of a hassle than it should be. Image 2/2: Keeping pace with Apple and Samsung, the OnePlus 2 features a fingerprint sensor. The [http://www.fingerprints.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/FPC1150-Product-Sheet.pdf|FPC1150|new_window=true] touch fingerprint sensor by Fingerprint Cards AB can recognize up to five fingerprints and will read them in any orientation.
  • On the rear of the display we find the Synaptics S3320A touch controller that governs the touchscreen.

  • We also get a look at what turns out to be a soft home button which sits awkwardly below the very delicate side button cables. This is sure to make replacing the home button more of a hassle than it should be.

  • Keeping pace with Apple and Samsung, the OnePlus 2 features a fingerprint sensor. The FPC1150 touch fingerprint sensor by Fingerprint Cards AB can recognize up to five fingerprints and will read them in any orientation.

Is it possible to remove and replace the fingerprint-sensor? Thanks in advance!

Frank Schneidewind - Reply

Yes it is possible. But its very important to reassamble the kaptontape. If you forget the kapton tape you have a grounding problem and youre touchscreen wont work properly

timkrzyzanowski -

Image 1/3: A single (non-proprietary) screw head decreases cost of tools for repairs. Image 2/3: Many components are modular and can be replaced independently. Image 3/3: USB-C port is on a relatively simple flex cable, not an assembly—it should be an inexpensive replacement.
  • OnePlus 2 Repairability Score: 7 out of 10 (10 is easiest to repair).

    • A single (non-proprietary) screw head decreases cost of tools for repairs.

    • Many components are modular and can be replaced independently.

    • USB-C port is on a relatively simple flex cable, not an assembly—it should be an inexpensive replacement.

    • Despite the warning, the battery is fairly easily removed—but still requires disassembly.

    • The LCD and digitizer glass are fused together and must be replaced as a single part; heat is required to remove it from the midframe.

  • Today's eye-watering X-ray images brought to you courtesy of our great friends at Creative Electron—thanks guys!

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oiiozzzzz - Reply

What type of gyro/accel is present? What are the ICs on the camera circuit board - are these OIS gyros?

scottlibert - Reply

Is there any NFC hardware present on the phone?

suneth5000 - Reply

Nope! OnePlus claims that there are currently not enough NFC applications to justify including NFC hardware in the OP2.

Evan Noronha -

Does anyone knows if the Oneplus 2 has the same problem as the 1 has. Is the digitizer also broken even there is even 1 crack in the lcd?

telderman92 - Reply

no my one plus two had a broken screen where the glass was cracked. But the digitizer was fine.

Sean Kim -

Would it be possible to fix in a wireless charging adapter from eBay to the USB connector cable and if yes can you provide some instructions please. Is it possible to attach an NFC sensor via similar connection via USB cable attachment inside the back near the connector attachment once the screw's are removed please. Any walk through guide for such a mod and parts needed would be useful.

The spring contacts in the back are for swap covers. My swap covers have contacts on them while the original cover does not.

veryannoyingname - Reply

For the teardown guys - could you point out the WIFI and MIMO antenna present on the oneplus two? And if there is only one wifi antenna or two wifi antennas present for a 1x1:1 configuration or 2x2:2 configuration. Currently experiencing wifi speeds evident of a single antenna even though the chip present is capable of dual antenna setups.

hungry4cheese - Reply

yes please tell us were the MIMO antenna is thank you

bbmllr4 -

@hungry4cheese @author

I downloaded the picture of Step 12, the picture clearly shows it is QCA6164 (with 1T1R) rather than 6174.

However, I run software tool lspci, pci vendir-id / device-id is : 168c:003e which means qca6174. qca6164's device-id is 0041 (not 003e). This contradicts with the picture.

My oneplus 2 is A2001. Wikipedia says there is A2003 and A2005 too. I am not sure if this picture is taken from A2005 or Oneplus uses different chips in their different shipment.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OnePlus_2

Xuebing Wang -

@hungry4cheese Would you please tell what is the model number, is it A2005?

Xuebing Wang -

please help!!!!

wifi and blutooth have stopped working.

i cant even press on the botton because its grey. and when i press it- it does nothing.

what can i do?

אסף פנסו -

Wow, very excited, the tear down is very good, could tear done the Bluboo Xtouch? I read from some website the comparison between Oneplus two and Xtouch, seems that the Bluboo Xtouch is very good

cherrycenss - Reply

hello,

you need heat to break down the adhesive so you can release the screen from the frame.

But do you need new adhesive for ataching the new screen to the frame?

doesn't the screen come off if you don't use adhesive?

dedonker - Reply

Would anyone know where I could purchase a replacement power/volume button cable any advice would be appreciated.

Patricia Logan - Reply

Can you replace the speaker?? I broke mine..

jacobrask15 - Reply

What kind of adhesive do you need for the screen, I need to replace mine and don't want it to end up looking ghetto.

Brandon Walker - Reply

Cool, I like a device with a relatively easy to replace battery if not a replaceable battery like the GS5 or LG G4. The GS6 looks like a ##&&% to replace. Thanks Samsung for going from a replaceable battery to a difficult to replace battery.

kwokchow - Reply

Is it a proprietary battery? Who's the manufacturer? How easy / cheap is it to buy a new replacement battery?

Clement - Reply

Can we just replace the one plus 2 glass only? Plz replay back

Tenzin - Reply

Hi i am looking for one plus 2 side button (internal)

singhrupinder333 - Reply

Hi i am looking for one plus 2 side button (internal).

singhrupinder333 - Reply

My phone no longer communicates with any computer via fastboot mode / via multiple drive installs. Is there a way to kill power to phone and and force a hardware reset so my device can be recognized / communicate again with the processor / software ...... Would unplugging the battery accomplish this?

ED THOMPSON - Reply

Much pleasure!!

You can send to Brazil the USB-C port (g4QWMTIoSe5YrLWR)?

My device damaged the part and can not connect to the wifi.

If possible, what would be the price and shipping time to Brazil?

Since I thank attention !!

For contact: gd_alvarenga@hotmail.com

Gustavo Alvarenga - Reply

Hi guys, maybe somebody know where I can buy motherboard for oneplus two? ,or how fix my own.

On my on I'm open new folder, and put all operation system files in theat new folder :( after that my phone not turning on. I think operation system can't find new folder with system files.

tsalaka - Reply

My fingerprint sensor stopped working after a little water damage. Any way I can repair it myself? If not would it be a expensive replacement?

Abhishek Sehgal - Reply

Can anyone help me?

I've just replaced the screen and mid case(it came as one part/attached)

Every thing seems to have gone fine, except my Wi-Fi and Bluetooth will not switch on now.

The icons in the notification bar are grey and do not change when pressed.

Any advice is appreciated.

Stephen Stanley - Reply

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