Nokia 6 Teardown – Build Quality Review – Repair Video

It’s time to tear down the Nokia 6 and check
the build quality, and see how it managed to pass my durability test so well. Depending on what side of the planet you’re
on, Nokia could also be pronounced “Nakia”. But either way, let’s get started. [Intro] I’m going to remove the SIM card tray first,
like I always do. And then comes the heat gun. If you remember with the Google Pixel how
the screen lifted off first, this is going to be almost the same process…which is actually
really smart from a design and repair perspective because screens are usually the first thing
to break on a phone. I’m taking a thin metal pry tool and sliding
it under the glass after the adhesive has been softened and the glass warmed up till
just about too hot to touch. I’m placing cards under the glass after
it’s lifted so that it won’t re-adhere to the frame again. I’m taking extraordinary care not to touch
the LCD edge underneath that glass layer with my metal pry tool or the cards, because that
LCD has the structural integrity of a potato chip. You’ll see what I mean in a minute. Normally, anyone attempting this repair will
already have a cracked screen and won’t need to salvage or save the old one, but since
I like to keep my phones in working condition – for the most part – I’m being careful. Once all the sides have been slit, the screen
will lift off just high enough for me to slip one of my playing cards underneath the LCD. Remember, touching the sides of the LCD with
anything is catastrophic. It’s extremely easy to break. Most people will not be successful at removing
a functional screen on their first try. So if you ever end up replacing anything inside
of the phone, just plan on replacing the screen as well. There are some ribbon cables that you need
to avoid slicing down here. These can easily be cut with a business card
or a metal pry tool so make sure you stay away from them. Avoid the home button and menu buttons too. Lift upward against the glass instead of downward
against the metal. And now we start to see what makes this phone
so strong. A solid metal mid-plate is protecting the
rest of the components. I’m just going to double check and make
sure that my screen is still functional. I wouldn’t recommend doing this yourself,
it’s better just to leave the phone off the entire time it’s open. Surprisingly enough though, I was successful
and my screen is still functioning. So I’ll power down and move onto the connector. There’s one little screw holding down the
metal bracket over the screen ribbon connector. I’ll unsnap that just like a little Lego
and the screen is off the phone. And this is it. If all you need is a screen replacement, this
is literally all you have to do. You don’t need to watch the video any farther. Just grab your new screen, plop it on and
you are good to go. It’s really incredibly simple. Remember that the corners and the edge of
the LCD are going to be the most fragile. That’s why I was really happy that LG got
rid of their corners on the LG G6. It does help with the removal process. An experienced tech who doesn’t need to
save the old screen could probably do a whole screen replacement on this Nokia 6 in less
than 10 minutes. I’ll link any replacement screens and tools
that I find in the video description. There’s one more screw holding down the
fingerprint scanner and home button ribbons, so if those stop working, they’re also super
easy to replace. I’ll set these off to the side. And this little guy is the battery connector. It would be smart to disconnect this before
removing the screen and the home button just so nothing shorts out on accident. I almost missed it because it was so small. And then we find – wait for it – nineteen
screws surrounding the middle mid-plate. Some of these are different sizes so it is
very important that you keep the screws organized as you remove them. Once the screws are out I’ll slip my pry
tool in up near the top ear piece and lift the metal plate up like a giant door. There are some latches at the bottom so this
is the best way to go about it. Then we have complete access to the battery. This is a repair guy’s dream by the way. The battery is out and away from all the fragile
electronic components now. So if prying needs to happen during the replacement
process, nothing important can be broken. But look at this – the Nokia 6 even has
those magical pull tabs. There is no prying to be done at all. Just tug the pull tab and the adhesive pulls
out away from the battery, leaving it completely loose and free to fall away from the metal
plate. No force necessary. I’ll give all the thumbs up to Nokia for
this one. If Apple and Samsung don’t step up their
game, this phone is going to win the most durable and repairable phone of 2017 easy. The battery is a 3000 milliamp hour. Here’s that metal mid-plate; definitely
a huge reason this phone is so rigid. One, it’s made of quality metal and two,
when it’s screwed into the thick metal back housing it forms an indestructible metal sandwich. Huawei needs to take a few pointers here from
Nokia. There’s one more metal bracket holding down
the volume and headphone jack connectors. I’ll set that off to the side. And then 6 more screws are holding down the
motherboard to the frame. Keep these organized and away from the mid-plate
screws. Then I can unclip the volume ribbon and the
headphone jack ribbon. And this is where it starts to get kind of
tricky. Now normally, I’m one of the first people
in the world to tear down a cell phone for the YouTubes which means I don’t have any
guides to follow as I’m doing it. This circuit board pulls straight down and
then lifts up out of the frame. During my tinkering I forgot to unclip that
bottom left wire cable, so when the board finally lifted off, the head tore off the
wire. Incredibly cheap to fix, just kind of annoying
that it happened in the first place. So make sure that your wire is unplugged before
pulling it out of the board. There’s one more ribbon cable on the bottom
as well that leads down to the charging port. Looking at the motherboard, we can see that
the two cameras are modular and the LED flash is built into the circuits. If I pop off each of these little cameras
we can see that the left one is the rear 16 megapixel camera and the right little guy
is the 8 megapixel front facing camera; neither of which have the hardware stabilization. For me, OIS or optical image stabilization
is super important. Electronic stabilizing is usually not as good
as the hardware stabilizing when it comes to video quality. And since I do a lot with video, it’s kind
of a deal breaker for me. I hope Nokia includes it in their future devices. Following this extension ribbon down to the
charging port we find 4 more screws. Remove those and unclip the wire cable that
we destroyed the other end of, and the micro USB charging port can pull away from the frame. It’s tucked underneath those little metal
tabs on the frame just like the motherboard up top was. It also has a little microphone down there
at the bottom next to the micro USB port. The loud speaker has its own special section
in the frame of the phone. Each metal ridge or lip inside of a metal
object add strength to the overall structure. So this Nokia 6 really is utilizing all the
available space and design tricks. I’m pretty impressed. This phone also has the same circular vibrator
motor we saw in the HTC U Ultra. When putting the circuit board back into place,
remember that they slip underneath the metal tabs along the bottom of the frame. I’ll get the 4 screws back in there. And now we can deal with this extension ribbon. It plugs into the bottom of the motherboard
so I’ll do that before I set it down into the frame, and when I go to set the motherboard
down, it needs to tuck itself into the top of the frame first, under the metal tabs protruding
from the frame. I’ve never seen a phone built like such
a tank before, but I’m not complaining. These boards definitely aren’t moving anywhere. The volume and power button gets plugged in
next as well as the headphone jack ribbon. These both snap into place like a little Lego;
you’ll feel it click in. There’s a little metal bracket holding these
down as a second layer of protection. Technically you can screw this in place right
now if you have your screws organized. Or you can just wait till the back metal panel
is in place. There are 6 more screws holding down the motherboard. And don’t forget to plug in that bottom
left wire cable either, since mine is broken, I’ll just have to live with it for now until
I can get a replacement wire. The battery gets set back into place but not
plugged in yet. And finally I can plop that metal mid-frame
down into the phone. It has two tabs along the bottom that need
to be set into the frame first and then the rest of it can be pushed down. And now we get to sandwich the metal slabs
together with nineteen little screws. Overkill? Probably. But durable? Definitely. I’ll slide that home button into the little
groove routing that wire over to the plug where it clips in. I’ll tape it back down just to keep it secure. And then finally we get to install the screen. It will clip back in just like the little
Lego connections we’ve been working on this whole time. And then when everything is plugged in including
the battery, which should be last, we can plop the final two metal brackets into place
over the plugs and we’re good to set the screen down into the frame – making sure
to line it up over the home button and keep it inside of the grooves on the metal sides. I imagine that the replacement screens will
come with their own adhesive which will help keep them down and in place. Overall from a repair perspective, if you
have to work on a cell phone that’s glued shut, this is probably the most ideal one
to work on. Screens break most often on cell phones and
that’s the first component on this device to be removed. Batteries fail most often after that, and
this battery is located right below the screen. Pretty easy access for both repairs. I hope the Nokia 6 holds its own on the software
and camera size of things because they for sure have the hardware and built quality nailed
perfectly. If you want to see more tech reviewed from
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