LG G5 teardown reveals more modularity, very little glue

The one thing that makes LG’s G5 stand out from the crowd is its modularity. As iFixit learned, that means more than just being able to quickly swap the battery for a camera grip or DAC.

They just finished tearing down the G5 — and taking capturing some pretty cool x-ray images of it, too. What they found was that LG has made it easy to replace lots of the G5’s parts. The process might not be as simple as giving the phone a squeeze and sliding a module out, but it’s a heck of a lot easier than it is with many phones and tablets.

One thing that helps is the amount of adhesive that LG opted to use when they put the G5 together. While some of the cover pieces are glued in place (like the back button and the base of the battery module, for example), most of the components that might need replacing down the road are not. All three cameras pop out easily, and even the USB port — which sits behind one of those glued-on covers — didn’t put up much of a fight.

The only other thing iFixit found holding things in place where the usual tiny metal screws. These are no proprietary pentalobes, however. They’re standard #0 Philips screws, which means just about every geeky type who might want to take an LG G5 apart already owns the tools they’d need to do it.

All in all, it makes for a pretty tidy teardown and it earned the G5 an impressive 8/10. That looks even better when you line it up against Samsung’s latest — which posted a frustrating 3/10.

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