Inside the HTC One M8

HTC's One M8 is probably the most stylish smartphone you can buy right now, but what lies beneath that brushed-metal frame? Let's find out what's inside the HTC One M8. Also see our HTC One M8 review. 

Digging into the innards of a smartphone with a 90 percent metal unibody case is not a job for the fainthearted. Luckily, then, iFixit.com has got all the right tools for the job. 

Of course, the HTC One M8 has been around some time now, so there's plenty of stuff we already know. We know this 146.36x70.6x9.35mm, 160g chassis hides a 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chip, 2GB of RAM, Adreno 330 graphics and 16- or 32GB of internal storage (plus a microSDXC slot). From the front the BoomSound stereo speakers and 5in full-HD (1920x1080, 441ppi) screen are clear to see. Also see: 31 best smartphones 2014.  

There are twin cameras on the rear - one an UltraPixel camera and the other able to capture depth - plus a 5Mp snapper at the front, and the HTC One M8 supports dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, IR and GPS. Software-wise it runs Android 4.4 KitKat with HTC Sense 6.0. 

But what about the stuff we don't know? Let's rip apart the HTC One M8 and see what's inside. Also see: Is the HTC One M8 the Best Android phone? We compare it to the OnePlus One, Sony Xperia Z2, Samsung Galaxy S5 and LG G3. 

HTC One M8: What the specs don't tell you 

• Beauty is only skin-deep. Despite that fancy design on the outside, inside the HTC One M8 there's an awful lot of tape. And cables. And glue. So much glue. Someone might suggest you'd be wasting your money on the HTC One M8.

Inside the HTC One M8 

• iFixit.com lists the exact hardware found inside the device: Elpida FA164A2PM 2GB RAM + Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core 2.3 GHz CPU; SanDisk SDIN8DE4 32GB NAND flash memory; STMicroelectronics 0100 AA 9058401 MYS; Qualcomm PM8941 and PM8841 power management ICs; Avago ACPM-7600 power amplifier module; Synaptics S3528A touchscreen controller; Qualcomm WTR1625L RF transceiver and WTR1625. 

• A non-removable battery usually refers to one that won't freely pop in and out and will require some careful handling to replace. In the HTC One M8 the battery is not only 'non-removable', it's hidden below the motherboard. And there is an insane amount of glue adhering it to the midframe. Also see: 30 best Android phones 2014. 

Inside the HTC One M8

• Worse, you'll have to get under the motherboard and battery to get to the screen. And that's the part you're most likely to want to replace - so it's a good job HTC offers one free screen replacement within the first six months. HTC's glue budget must have been running low by this point: the display is surprisingly easy to remove. That said, iFixit.com managed to sever the digitizer cable in the process. 

iFixit.com awards all the devices it tears down a repairability score, and it's no surprise that the HTC One M8 scored just two out of a possible 10 points. It's difficult to get inside that metal case, both battery and screen are buried below the motherboard, and there is so much tape and glue sticking everything together that it's a wonder that the HTC One M8 looks so gorgeous on the outside. You might want a case to protect the HTC One M8 - check out the best HTC One M8 cases and covers below £20.

Both the OnePlus One and Samsung Galaxy S5 will prove much simpler to repair, according to iFixit.com. Still want one? Check out our Best HTC One M8 UK deals.

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