Back in mid-August Motorola unveiled its newest upper-midrange smartphone for the North American market, which the company confusingly calls Motorola Edge (like the original Edge from last year). Trying to keep our sanity we’re going to refer to it as the Edge (2021).
This phone is supposed to become available today at Best Buy, B&H, Amazon, and Motorola.com for an introductory price of $500 (which is apparently $200 off the normal price of $700). If, before you place your order, you were curious to see the Motorola Edge (2021) from the inside, then YouTube channel PBKreviews has you covered, just having published a disassembly/teardown video of the handset. Here it is for your viewing pleasure.
As you can see, the Edge (2021) definitely isn’t an easy phone to take apart by yourself. In fact, the channel rates its repairability at 5.5 out of 10, where 10 would be easiest to repair. And you can see why – the inside of the device is definitely rather complicated. To pry, you not only need to know what you’re doing, but also have adequate tools.
Battery replacement is especially tedious since there are no pull tabs, and to replace the screen you basically have to tear the entire phone apart, from back to front. Definitely not something for the faint of heart, this. Oh, and if you need to replace the power button with its embedded fingerprint sensor or the volume keys, you’ll have to first pry the screen off.