Though this Mate is only rated IP53, the SIM card tray is equipped with a rubber gasket—something we usually see on "waterproof" smartphones these days.
Slot 1 of this SIM tray is reserved for 5G cards, whereas slot 2 only accepts up to 4G cards.
To our surprise, we get the glued-down back cover off lickety-split—no heat required! A suction handle and a halberd spudger separates everything nicely.
Adhesives can harden with age, so maybe next time won't be so easy—but our fresh-from-the-factory unit was very cooperative.
A generously proportioned fingerprint flex cable keeps the back cover tethered for now, but it's such a long leash that we don't mind. On to the next layer.
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