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Técnica: Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Repairability Assessment

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 repairability assessment performed on January 10, 2017.

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 is an easy to open phone that has an easy to remove battery. Almost reaching repairablity perfection, the phone falls short at 8 out of 10 due to its difficult to replace display.

Paso 1 Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Repairability Assessment  ¶ 

Exterior reference photos. Exterior reference photos. Exterior reference photos.

Paso 1 Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Repairability Assessment  ¶ 

  • Exterior reference photos.

Paso 2  ¶ 

There are no exterior screws. The top and bottom panels of the rear case are made of plastic, but cannot be separated from the rest of the case. Prying the body of the phone out of the rear case is fairly straight-forward, the plastic clips holding it are flexible enough to bend without breaking, and are not too strong.

Paso 2  ¶ 

  • There are no exterior screws. The top and bottom panels of the rear case are made of plastic, but cannot be separated from the rest of the case.

  • Prying the body of the phone out of the rear case is fairly straight-forward, the plastic clips holding it are flexible enough to bend without breaking, and are not too strong.

  • Fingerprint sensor cable connects the rear case to the interior of the phone, but is long enough that you can safely disconnect it without damaging it.

Paso 3  ¶ 

Fingerprint sensor is the only component left in the rear case. Fairly easy to remove by pushing through the back of the case.

Paso 3  ¶ 

  • Fingerprint sensor is the only component left in the rear case.

  • Fairly easy to remove by pushing through the back of the case.

Paso 4  ¶ 

Battery pull strips are awesome for easy battery removal. Battery removed.

Paso 4  ¶ 

  • Battery pull strips are awesome for easy battery removal.

  • Battery removed.

Paso 5  ¶ 

First layer of removable components includes: loudspeaker assembly, antenna, buttons, vibrator bracket, front- and rear-facing cameras. Next out: interconnect cable and antenna interconnect. Next out, daughterboard with charging port.

Paso 5  ¶ 

  • First layer of removable components includes: loudspeaker assembly, antenna, buttons, vibrator bracket, front- and rear-facing cameras.

  • Next out: interconnect cable and antenna interconnect.

  • Next out, daughterboard with charging port.

Paso 6  ¶ 

Motherboard removal, the only component removed from the motherboard is a rubber duct for the microphone. The main board is pretty minimal, but the headphone jack is soldered on, making jack replacements expensive.

Paso 6  ¶ 

  • Motherboard removal, the only component removed from the motherboard is a rubber duct for the microphone.

  • The main board is pretty minimal, but the headphone jack is soldered on, making jack replacements expensive.

  • Final components off of the display assembly are the vibrator and earpiece speaker.

  • The fused, midframe-mounted display assembly is last out, making fixing a broken screen a more expensive and time consuming repair.

Paso 7  ¶ 

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 earns an 8 out of 10 on our repairability scale (10 is the easiest to repair): Despite no external screws, the rear case is fairly easy to remove.

Paso 7  ¶ 

  • The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 earns an 8 out of 10 on our repairability scale (10 is the easiest to repair):

  • Despite no external screws, the rear case is fairly easy to remove.

  • Battery is easy to access and remove.

  • Modular design with charging port on its own daughterboard means many components can be independently replaced.

  • Display assembly is a single fused component, that requires disassembling the entire phone to replace.

  • Manufacturer does not provide user-accessible repair documentation.