The folks over at iFixit have just torn down the Essential PH-1, more commonly referred to as the ‘Essential Phone’ from Android creator Andy Rubin, for which they had to freeze the phone and break the LCD just to get inside (via Engadget).
While the Essential Phone has been specifically designed to withstand dents and scratches, if something breaks on the inside, you can forget about fixing it yourself. The DIY repair crew froze the device to get inside and even then, they still had to get past a mid-frame shield.
The source notes that the USB-C port is soldered on to motherboard, and the abundance of adhesives makes it likely that you’ll break something if you somehow didn’t wreck the screen.
With a score of 10 being the easiest to repair, the Essential Phone received a repairability score of 1, which means pretty much impossible to repair once broken. For a detailed teardown, click here.