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If this phone came with repair instructions, we're sure the first step would say "Apply heat to the surface marked in orange." So, we do just that.

The adhesive underneath is mercifully thin, but strong nonetheless. At this point, we'll take anything over that thick goopy gunk from last year.

With no more fingerprint sensor, we hoped to cut in without encountering any flex cable booby traps—but alas, a new even shorter cable connects the miscellany on the rear camera bump: flash, microphone, and the spectral + flicker sensor.

Fortunately, the wireless charging coil & NFC coil, newly adhered to the back panel via a sheet of adhesive, use repair-friendly spring contacts.

Unfortunately that means that back cover adhesive needs to be strong. You don't want loose contacts when it comes to charging circuitry.

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