You really need to remove the graphite layer, and get the PCB cover off (Step 7). That exposes the battery connector. Just FYI, when i removed the battery, the pull-tabs really didn’t work out well for me. I ended up using some solvent and quite a bit of gentle prying with a credit-card shaped tool.
I would not want to try to remove the glass from the OLED. I have done it a couple times back in the days of the Samsung S4, it was a terrible pain in the butt, and for a less than optimal result. If a display swap is needed, I would just try to purchase an entire unit.
Hey mshawnlane, thanks for checking it out. Unfortunately no, the screen cannot be replaced without going through the back of the device. The flex circuit travels through the mid-plate chassis of the device. That means that even thought you could remove the display first, then cut the flex cable, to attach a new one, you need to go through the back cover.
Just be extra careful when you do get to the point of removing the display. This phone has the strongest adhesive holding on a display I have ever encountered. Patience is key! Cheers!
Heejoon, I added a battery image. Hope it helps!
It does still power on! The ultimate test of a successful tear down!
Maybe I missed it, but did we find out what the chip next to the speaker is? It was called out with a green box on the X-Ray in the 3rd step. I don’t think i saw the explanation.