Smartphones today have become more powerful and more sophisticated. Often that means that they also become more complicated inside as we’ve seen in recent teardowns, especially of the Motorola Razr and Samsung Galaxy Z Flip. This also means that opening up the phones for repairs has also become a rather tedious process, which is why the first teardown of LG’s newest flagship, the V60 ThinQ, is almost a refreshing change even if it’s practically boring.
It doesn’t always have to be the case but the fast development pace of the mobile market means that more sophisticated hardware is often also more convoluted in terms of design and structure. Cameras start having periscope-style lenses and PCBs or printed circuit boards start getting stacked on top of each other.
These often present problems for technicians and repair personnel who have to open up phones to replace even a single broken component. PBKReviews’ teardown of the LG V60 ThinQ, however, proves that normal is sometimes better. Not only is it relatively easy to take the phone apart, almost every critical piece is modular, including the SIM card tray, surprisingly.
It’s not all perfect, though. Unlike many phones today, the V60’s battery is not only glued down tight, it doesn’t have helpful pull tabs either. And, of course, the screen is also bonded tight to the midframe, making its replacement tedious and risky.
That said, one reason that the V60 ThinQ’s teardown is quite conventional is that its features are likewise. Compared to its peers, it has little new tricks to offer itself, aside from new mics and new optics. Most of its value comes from its Dual Screen partner, which may or may not increase the phone’s appeal.