The LG G5 went on sale in South Korea and the United States late last month, and today, the first teardown of the handset has made its way to the internet courtesy of iFixit.
Interestingly, an X-Ray of the LG G5 reveals that the phone’s internal layout is similar to an iPhone — minus the removable battery. Have a look at the image below and judge for yourself.
The teardown reveals that the bottom removable part of the G5 contains quite a lot of gadgetry, including a speaker and some antennas. Opening the innards of the phone reveals that LG has used a mechanical shock absorber inside the G5 for tactile feedback when you slide the battery inside it.
iFixit also notes that removing the display panel on the LG G5 was as easy as opening a few screws, which makes display replacement on the handset an easy affair. The teardown does not particularly reveal anything interesting about the components used inside the G5, except for maybe the fact that the fingerprint sensor used on the handset is not the same one that was found on the Nexus 5X.
In the end, iFixit gives the LG G5 a repairability score of 8 out of 10. This is far higher than any other flagship smartphone released in the last few years, except of course for the LG G4. The team notes that opening the LG G5 is a relatively simple process, and since many components of the handset are modular, a cheap in-house repair job can be easily carried out on the handset.
Is the high repairability score of the LG G5 enough to make you buy one over the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge and the iPhone 6s?