Businesses don’t like it when other people, at least those who aren’t blessed by them, open their products, even if it’s in the name of repair. Most discourage third-party repairs with warnings and warranties, but some, like Apple, take more aggressive approaches.
Smartphones With Glass
To a certain extent, Huawei isn’t exactly as bad as its rival in this area, but it seems that it unintentionally made its Huawei Mate 40 Pro almost impossible to repair without even trying, all because the smartphone appears to be a jumble of components inside. Smartphones with glass on the front and back are already threatened by sudden drops. They also make it harder to open them without accidentally breaking them, as iFixit has learned the hard way. If the rear window has come off under the heat, the screen has not been so lucky.
Huawei Mate 40 Pro
This alone makes repairing one of the most frequently broken parts of the Huawei Mate 40 Pro difficult and expensive. And then there’s the way things are laid out inside the smartphone, including the hidden flex cable that experts accidentally cut due to its proximity to the power button. While some manufacturers have almost made the internal design of smartphones an art, it almost feels like Huawei has just thrown and crammed everything it can inside its latest flagship and left it like that. But this is not only an aesthetic mess because it also makes it more difficult to access the different components.
However, it’s not that bad, as iFixit notes a few changes in favor of repairability. Many rooms remain modular and the top speaker and periscope-like telephoto lens even joined this group this time around. This means these parts will be easier to replace, assuming you can get them upfront. With a repairability rating of 4 out of 10, iFixit gives a low rating for the Huawei Mate 40 Pro’s chances of being repaired cost-effectively and without problems. That puts it below Apple’s iPhone 12 series, which is a pretty damning comparison considering iPhones are noticeably more difficult to take apart and repair.