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  • #30411
    david
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    This has been discussed in various threads on other topics, but I thought I’d start one specifically for this topic. The main intent is to get feedback from F(x)tec directly, but it will also provide a place to voice consumer desires around repairability of the phone or future versions of the phone.

    F(x)tec, will you be publishing repair guides for the phone’s components that often wear out/break on phones? And from where will customers source the parts?

    Here is a stab at some of the common components. It would be nice to get feedback on each item:

    – Screen
    – Battery
    – Hinge
    – Cable that connects the screen to the base
    – Keyboard
    – USB port
    – Body

    If I’m missing anything, feel free to add to the list, everyone.

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    #30415
    paul.kreiner
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    Perhaps a prototype unit could be donated to iFixit, and have them do a teardown video? Their vids are usually quite good. Doesn’t address the sourcing part of the question, though.

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    #30426
    CornholioGSM
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    …thats good question. biggest problem – as on all sliding/opening phones – will be flex cable

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    #30490
    Zimeon
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    Guess we’ll have to wait for iFixit and JerryRigEverything :)

    #30493
    EskeRahn
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    Guess we’ll have to wait for iFixit and JerryRigEverything :)

    Yeah, can’t wait to see the results. :)

    #30500
    VaZso
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    Perhaps a prototype unit could be donated to iFixit, and have them do a teardown video? Their vids are usually quite good. Doesn’t address the sourcing part of the question, though.

    A teardown video would be a good thing to see – I think it will be done sooner or later anyway -, but not with prototype hardware.
    (Software doesn’t really matter from this point of view.)
    Even a not fully-working (faulty) production unit would be good for this purpose anyway.

    #30505
    jason
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    Don’t ifixit and jerryrigeverything just buy the hardware?

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    #30586
    Zimeon
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    Don’t ifixit and jerryrigeverything just buy the hardware?

    Jerryrigeverything buys his review units from retail stores. Think he has mentioned it a few times.

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    #30609
    EskeRahn
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    Don’t ifixit and jerryrigeverything just buy the hardware?

    Jerryrigeverything buys his review units from retail stores. Think he has mentioned it a few times.

    That would make a lot of sense! Both to not risk being blamed for being partial, and also to avoid the chance of the unit being tested being one that had gone through an extra careful quality control. This could be important for devices with poor quality control.

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    #30657
    jason
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    we just need to give them a prompt then to look at this one hehe :)

    #30737
    Noir
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    USB Port will be on a seperate PCB, no soldering required.
    Flex-Cable connecting the two halves will be seperately replaceable (compareable to HTC vision), their durability tests went through several manufacturers and different kinds of materials, the current used flex cable survived longer than the connector on the board (they changed the manufacturer after that).
    They plan to make spare parts available through sellers compareable to ifixit.

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    #30768
    david
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    Something to add to this topic. I watched a video from the German community event and the person mentioned that the USB port isn’t soldered on. It is a separate PCB plugged into the main PCB. That should make replacing that component easier, in theory.

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    #30769
    david
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    Oh, and it was also mentioned that there are 4 screws required to take off the screen and 4 screws to get to the battery.

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    #30830
    david
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    USB Port will be on a seperate PCB, no soldering required.

    Flex-Cable connecting the two halves will be seperately replaceable (compareable to HTC vision), their durability tests went through several manufacturers and different kinds of materials, the current used flex cable survived longer than the connector on the board (they changed the manufacturer after that).

    They plan to make spare parts available through sellers compareable to ifixit.

    Thanks for the information. Do you have a source link for these details? And did it mention how many open/close cycles were done before the connector wore out and, assuming they did testing with a new connector after that that lasted longer than the best cable, how many cycles did the best cable last?

    Are you saying they will only make parts available to businesses that repair phones and not to consumers who buy phones?

    #30833
    virnir
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    It is clearly stated in the FAQ that the Pro1 does not have a removable battery: https://www.fxtec.com/product/fxtec-pro1-pre-order/#toggle-id-9
    However, a man who went to the recent hands-on event says that the battery is removable , and that it merely requires unscrewing to gain access to it.
    It would be in the best interest of F(x)tec to be explicit in stating that, while not hot swappable, the battery is removable as this being the case is basically just as rare as hot swappability; the discrepancy between glass slabs that require you to break something in order to access the battery, let alone remove it, and phones with removable batteries at all is much greater than the discrepancy between phones with batteries that require a screw driver to be removed and phones with batteries that just require your hands to be removed.

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