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Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro irreparability revealed in teardown video

The Mi 10T Pro is one complexly-built smartphone. (Image source: Xiaomi)
The Mi 10T Pro is one complexly-built smartphone. (Image source: Xiaomi)
The Mi 10T Pro may well be Xiaomi's latest flagship smartphone, but it is not all that repairable. From soldered-on ports to a firmly-installed battery, the Mi 10T Pro will probably be an expensive smartphone to repair.

Xiaomi has released yet another teardown video, this time for the Mi 10T Pro. Officially called the Mi 10T Pro 5G, the device features a bevvy of flagship hardware, such as a Snapdragon 865 chipset, UFS 3.1 storage, a 108 MP camera and a 5,000 mAh battery. The company's teardown video underlines just how complex and irrepairable the Mi 10T Pro is, though.

Xiaomi stresses that one should not tear down their Mi 10T Pro, despite making it look easier than it is to disassemble the device. For some reason, the company decided to remove several steps from its short video, including the process for removing the back panel and the battery. The latter appears to have a pull-tab of some sort, but that may not necessarily be the case. Hopefully, Xiaomi has included pull tabs, as that would make the battery easier to replace.

Either way, the fingerprint scanner is replaceable, as are the camera sensors. The 108 MP primary camera dwarfs the other lenses though, explaining why Xiaomi included such a large housing for them. Sadly, Xiaomi has soldered the USB Type-C port to a daughter-board, meaning that you must replace it and the dual-SIM card slot if the Type-C port malfunctions.

The video highlights the cooling efficiency of the Mi 10T Pro too, with Xiaomi focusing on its graphite and copper cooling systems. From what we can tell, Xiaomi has included a sheet of copper over the SoC and a graphite layer behind the display. Beneath this sits a copper heat pipe, which runs through the middle of the device.

Overall, the Mi 10T Pro does not seem that repairable, not least because Xiaomi does not sell any replacement parts for the device. The inclusion of multiple soldered parts emphasises this, which is a shame considering the value for money that the Mi 10T Pro offers.

The Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro is not very repairable. (Image source: Xiaomi)
The Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro is not very repairable. (Image source: Xiaomi)
(Image source: Xiaomi)
(Image source: Xiaomi)

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Alex Alderson, 2020-10-12 (Update: 2020-10-13)
Alex Alderson
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Prior to writing and translating for Notebookcheck, I worked for various companies including Apple and Neowin. I have a BA in International History and Politics from the University of Leeds, which I have since converted to a Law Degree. Happy to chat on Twitter or Notebookchat.