Nokia 6 Teardown – Build Quality Review – Repair Video

Nokia 6 Teardown – Build Quality Review – Repair Video


It’s time to tear down the Nokia 6 and check
the build quality, and see how it managed to pass my durability test so well. Depending on what side of the planet you’re
on, Nokia could also be pronounced “Nakia”. But either way, let’s get started. [Intro] I’m going to remove the SIM card tray first,
like I always do. And then comes the heat gun. If you remember with the Google Pixel how
the screen lifted off first, this is going to be almost the same process…which is actually
really smart from a design and repair perspective because screens are usually the first thing
to break on a phone. I’m taking a thin metal pry tool and sliding
it under the glass after the adhesive has been softened and the glass warmed up till
just about too hot to touch. I’m placing cards under the glass after
it’s lifted so that it won’t re-adhere to the frame again. I’m taking extraordinary care not to touch
the LCD edge underneath that glass layer with my metal pry tool or the cards, because that
LCD has the structural integrity of a potato chip. You’ll see what I mean in a minute. Normally, anyone attempting this repair will
already have a cracked screen and won’t need to salvage or save the old one, but since
I like to keep my phones in working condition – for the most part – I’m being careful. Once all the sides have been slit, the screen
will lift off just high enough for me to slip one of my playing cards underneath the LCD. Remember, touching the sides of the LCD with
anything is catastrophic. It’s extremely easy to break. Most people will not be successful at removing
a functional screen on their first try. So if you ever end up replacing anything inside
of the phone, just plan on replacing the screen as well. There are some ribbon cables that you need
to avoid slicing down here. These can easily be cut with a business card
or a metal pry tool so make sure you stay away from them. Avoid the home button and menu buttons too. Lift upward against the glass instead of downward
against the metal. And now we start to see what makes this phone
so strong. A solid metal mid-plate is protecting the
rest of the components. I’m just going to double check and make
sure that my screen is still functional. I wouldn’t recommend doing this yourself,
it’s better just to leave the phone off the entire time it’s open. Surprisingly enough though, I was successful
and my screen is still functioning. So I’ll power down and move onto the connector. There’s one little screw holding down the
metal bracket over the screen ribbon connector. I’ll unsnap that just like a little Lego
and the screen is off the phone. And this is it. If all you need is a screen replacement, this
is literally all you have to do. You don’t need to watch the video any farther. Just grab your new screen, plop it on and
you are good to go. It’s really incredibly simple. Remember that the corners and the edge of
the LCD are going to be the most fragile. That’s why I was really happy that LG got
rid of their corners on the LG G6. It does help with the removal process. An experienced tech who doesn’t need to
save the old screen could probably do a whole screen replacement on this Nokia 6 in less
than 10 minutes. I’ll link any replacement screens and tools
that I find in the video description. There’s one more screw holding down the
fingerprint scanner and home button ribbons, so if those stop working, they’re also super
easy to replace. I’ll set these off to the side. And this little guy is the battery connector. It would be smart to disconnect this before
removing the screen and the home button just so nothing shorts out on accident. I almost missed it because it was so small. And then we find – wait for it – nineteen
screws surrounding the middle mid-plate. Some of these are different sizes so it is
very important that you keep the screws organized as you remove them. Once the screws are out I’ll slip my pry
tool in up near the top ear piece and lift the metal plate up like a giant door. There are some latches at the bottom so this
is the best way to go about it. Then we have complete access to the battery. This is a repair guy’s dream by the way. The battery is out and away from all the fragile
electronic components now. So if prying needs to happen during the replacement
process, nothing important can be broken. But look at this – the Nokia 6 even has
those magical pull tabs. There is no prying to be done at all. Just tug the pull tab and the adhesive pulls
out away from the battery, leaving it completely loose and free to fall away from the metal
plate. No force necessary. I’ll give all the thumbs up to Nokia for
this one. If Apple and Samsung don’t step up their
game, this phone is going to win the most durable and repairable phone of 2017 easy. The battery is a 3000 milliamp hour. Here’s that metal mid-plate; definitely
a huge reason this phone is so rigid. One, it’s made of quality metal and two,
when it’s screwed into the thick metal back housing it forms an indestructible metal sandwich. Huawei needs to take a few pointers here from
Nokia. There’s one more metal bracket holding down
the volume and headphone jack connectors. I’ll set that off to the side. And then 6 more screws are holding down the
motherboard to the frame. Keep these organized and away from the mid-plate
screws. Then I can unclip the volume ribbon and the
headphone jack ribbon. And this is where it starts to get kind of
tricky. Now normally, I’m one of the first people
in the world to tear down a cell phone for the YouTubes which means I don’t have any
guides to follow as I’m doing it. This circuit board pulls straight down and
then lifts up out of the frame. During my tinkering I forgot to unclip that
bottom left wire cable, so when the board finally lifted off, the head tore off the
wire. Incredibly cheap to fix, just kind of annoying
that it happened in the first place. So make sure that your wire is unplugged before
pulling it out of the board. There’s one more ribbon cable on the bottom
as well that leads down to the charging port. Looking at the motherboard, we can see that
the two cameras are modular and the LED flash is built into the circuits. If I pop off each of these little cameras
we can see that the left one is the rear 16 megapixel camera and the right little guy
is the 8 megapixel front facing camera; neither of which have the hardware stabilization. For me, OIS or optical image stabilization
is super important. Electronic stabilizing is usually not as good
as the hardware stabilizing when it comes to video quality. And since I do a lot with video, it’s kind
of a deal breaker for me. I hope Nokia includes it in their future devices. Following this extension ribbon down to the
charging port we find 4 more screws. Remove those and unclip the wire cable that
we destroyed the other end of, and the micro USB charging port can pull away from the frame. It’s tucked underneath those little metal
tabs on the frame just like the motherboard up top was. It also has a little microphone down there
at the bottom next to the micro USB port. The loud speaker has its own special section
in the frame of the phone. Each metal ridge or lip inside of a metal
object add strength to the overall structure. So this Nokia 6 really is utilizing all the
available space and design tricks. I’m pretty impressed. This phone also has the same circular vibrator
motor we saw in the HTC U Ultra. When putting the circuit board back into place,
remember that they slip underneath the metal tabs along the bottom of the frame. I’ll get the 4 screws back in there. And now we can deal with this extension ribbon. It plugs into the bottom of the motherboard
so I’ll do that before I set it down into the frame, and when I go to set the motherboard
down, it needs to tuck itself into the top of the frame first, under the metal tabs protruding
from the frame. I’ve never seen a phone built like such
a tank before, but I’m not complaining. These boards definitely aren’t moving anywhere. The volume and power button gets plugged in
next as well as the headphone jack ribbon. These both snap into place like a little Lego;
you’ll feel it click in. There’s a little metal bracket holding these
down as a second layer of protection. Technically you can screw this in place right
now if you have your screws organized. Or you can just wait till the back metal panel
is in place. There are 6 more screws holding down the motherboard. And don’t forget to plug in that bottom
left wire cable either, since mine is broken, I’ll just have to live with it for now until
I can get a replacement wire. The battery gets set back into place but not
plugged in yet. And finally I can plop that metal mid-frame
down into the phone. It has two tabs along the bottom that need
to be set into the frame first and then the rest of it can be pushed down. And now we get to sandwich the metal slabs
together with nineteen little screws. Overkill? Probably. But durable? Definitely. I’ll slide that home button into the little
groove routing that wire over to the plug where it clips in. I’ll tape it back down just to keep it secure. And then finally we get to install the screen. It will clip back in just like the little
Lego connections we’ve been working on this whole time. And then when everything is plugged in including
the battery, which should be last, we can plop the final two metal brackets into place
over the plugs and we’re good to set the screen down into the frame – making sure
to line it up over the home button and keep it inside of the grooves on the metal sides. I imagine that the replacement screens will
come with their own adhesive which will help keep them down and in place. Overall from a repair perspective, if you
have to work on a cell phone that’s glued shut, this is probably the most ideal one
to work on. Screens break most often on cell phones and
that’s the first component on this device to be removed. Batteries fail most often after that, and
this battery is located right below the screen. Pretty easy access for both repairs. I hope the Nokia 6 holds its own on the software
and camera size of things because they for sure have the hardware and built quality nailed
perfectly. If you want to see more tech reviewed from
the inside, hit that subscribe button. I have many more videos on the way. Thanks for watching, I’ll see you around.

100 thoughts on “Nokia 6 Teardown – Build Quality Review – Repair Video

  1. i love my nokia 6 even more!

  2. CAT has some oposition now

  3. You have to remove the screen just to replace the battery? No thanks!

  4. How much amount of display With glass combo for Nokia 6 2018…
    Plz reply me.. …

  5. The Nokia 7 touch screen control response has the very big question, the response is very slow, specially limits the quick input text time to be able to miss some letters.🤔😔

  6. zac i think you got scammed with the nokia 6 it looks fake the logo on the battery is not the nokia logo and the software looks different

  7. I dropped this in the water…

  8. yeah it definitely holds it own nowadays with android one! best mobile OS 😀

  9. 19 screws holy shit

  10. Nokia 6.1 plus, teardown

  11. Main speaker of my Nokia 6 is not functioning.
    Sounds only on the earpiece.😥😥

  12. what? so there's no Adamantium and Vibranium?

  13. I am waiting for nokia 6.1 plus

  14. I am Vietnam. I likes

  15. How to change batterie Nokia 2

  16. Buen video 🙂

  17. Can u plzz make Nokia 6.1 teardown

  18. Hey u reply to indian viewers

  19. You are one awesome person. So I subscribed.

  20. There we go

  21. Hell lot of homework. Great job.

  22. Hi, where can I buy replacement screen adhesive? My display assembly got loose, and I can't find a replacement adhesive anywhere. Thank, and grate video!

  23. I think OIS was introduced in smartphones on NOKIA LUMIA 1020

  24. Hijo de perra

  25. We shouldn't expect otherwise from nokia

  26. I remember when I had this phone. This phone is so hard that if you hit anyone with it, that person is really going to get hurt. No kidding!!

  27. I grow up with a Nokia phone… and I will die with one, is easily, durable, and fun! and when we have a problem… Nokia Care chat is in there waiting for us.

  28. Still using it. Almost perfect condition after almost 2 years

  29. Difference between black and green mother board

  30. mine is bent in half… how can i fix that. (Also the screen is shattered)

  31. Nice

  32. Try to change a battery on htc m7

  33. Nokia is known for durability… So Nokia making Android powered phones without the durability would suck! It's only fair for Nokia to make a tank! They have customer loyalty for that very reason!

  34. I think next you should make Nokia 6.1 teardown

  35. the first video which doesn't break my heart

  36. Just got the 6.1 . Had the original 6 and both are tanks to say the least. The 6.1 is a little squatter with a better screen body ratio and slightly thicker. Had the 7.1 but had to return it . Don't know if pie was causing problems like shutting off and heating up.

    So far the 6.1 has been great. I thought originally it wasn't that much of an upgrade but it actually is. Smoother and faster scrolling through texts and the speaker is much louder.

    Also has that cool "bothie" camera. Don't know what I would really use it for but it's nice to have nonetheless.

    I hope Nokia will continue giving us 6 series phones in the states . Good bang for the buck and there isn't anything in this price range or higher that is built better.

    NOKIA COMING BACK STRONG !!!

  37. I only watch these because it's cool seeing phones getting taken apart lol

  38. I am user of NOKIA 6 phone. Its make proud. Because it is most strongest mobile in build quality in the world…

  39. Got my nokia 6 last month and you are right its like a tank lmao.

  40. TU EST MALADE

  41. Nokia Engineers r one of the best when it comes to make solid hardware

  42. Nokia good

  43. I have iPhone 7 and Nokia 6.1 and I must say that Nokia is very good Android Phone.

  44. im watching this video on my nokia 6

  45. Nokià Nokìa

  46. Nokia 6.1 is the same with Nokia 6??

  47. Similar to sony Series xz

  48. Thanks for sharing this. Is the 8 and 9 built as well ? Will consider Nokia phone as next replacement one

  49. I'm still using this phone for like 2 years running without any front safety glass and a cover still brand new except some scratches at the back side and got the new android pie update couple of days ago.

  50. Who is watching on nokia 6? I'm

  51. Nokia 8.1 teardown plz

  52. Where to buy a decent replacement screen? Those on Ebay look questionable

  53. anyone know where is the nfc antenna?

  54. That metal plate in the phone is something I've never seen before in any Samsung or Apple counterparts. It effectively acts as a super tough cage surrounding the components, which is also something seen in the original 3310, only then it was made out of thick plastic. If Nokia are able to add OIS, change to the latest Gorilla Glass, increase the battery size, and do some more little things, then they will literally have the best mid/high range smartphone on the market. Keep 'em coming!

  55. i dropped my Nokia 6 (2018) on my foot. now i cant walk for days

  56. Durable. Not bulletproof😱

  57. Slams door Daddy is home! Apple: He's back run get into bed!! Samsung: Wait What's oh Aaaaaa Sony: Hey da- wait aaaahhhhhh

  58. fujitsu have used mid-frame plates on their phones for years as well.. but unfortunately we dont get those here in the west

  59. Real story:
    I: Why Are Apple products so expensive?
    Friend: Because Apple has quality
    Me showing my friend this and The durability video
    Friend: It's an iPhone

  60. Can u make the teardown of the Nokia 6.1plus

  61. 3:59 on the back of the battery it is markes samsung

  62. there is REAL metal in it! not that weird metal/plastic hybrid stuff most other companies use. but real met… it can be a weapon!

  63. I am surprised to see your Build Quality Review- repair video.

  64. Proud owner of not one, but two Nokia 6.1 64GB phones! I saw them on sale at $124 each and I saw how classy they are so I got an extra second unit for the time when the first unit dies. I wanna hold on to standard rectangular displays, you see: No stupid notches and mile-long aspect ratios or those ghastly punched holes on the display! And after just a few moments into this video it just goes to show how good Nokia really is when it comes to design! And with Android One, the second unit will still get updates years from now. Incredible deal for $124!!

  65. Hmm u talk a lot like Louis Rossman, the world's most famous third-party Apple repair guy. He hates how Apple makes their stuff. I think I'll post this video in one of his recent videos to make folks realize Nokia is tops in design.

  66. Explain network problem how to repair

  67. And now, this phone has android P

  68. I need it's home button cable send it…😁

  69. i have a Nokia 6.1 plus and I cannot really recommend it. The USB C port failed only a few weeks after purchase. Although it was pretty easy to replace. Also the cellular and GPS signal reception is very poor. Do you have a video where u replace one of these glued on panels, where you want to use the same panel, and thus have to replace the adhesive your self

  70. love this kind of review!

  71. Do Samsung Galaxy j6 Plus durability test

  72. Do Samsung Galaxy j6 Plus durability test

  73. Samsung Galaxy j6 Plus durability test

  74. This is NOKIA 6.

  75. Besr

  76. U r best

  77. Do a Nokia 7 Plus teardown please.

  78. Now that's Nokia for you

  79. Plz make a audible of ur own voice. I will buy everyone

  80. Hell yeah, Nokia Android built like a tank, my Nokia 5.1plus drop out on the screen corner for about 1.5m high on the screen corner, nothing happened, just need changed my tempered glass that was broken, amazingly all system absolutly normal till 6 month I used it right now.. Waiting Nokia 9pureview officially comes to my country.. 👍👍👍👍👍

  81. U should teardown 6.1 since it have unidody .

  82. It’s Nokia not Nokia mate

  83. Wow

  84. I love my Nokia 6 even more

  85. Please tear down Nokia 6(2018)

  86. Try the coolpad products it is the cheapest

  87. My nokia 6 back batan kam nahe karraha or, light be nahe jalrahe mara hatsa nicha para tha plz help🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏

  88. So you messed with ear speaker mesh. I think there is no proper way to remove display without ripping off the ear speaker mesh. You did not install it when assembling the phone….

  89. Hello Jerry, could you tell what temperature of heat gun you set?

  90. Nokia is best builds mobile phone

  91. Watching this from a Nokia 6.1 🙂

  92. How did u do that ?????? I have broken two of my Nokia 6 combo 🙁🙁 …

  93. Jerry, I have the old one ( from the very first batches of Nokia 6's ) TA-1021 , since a while of usage ( off the warranty limits, of course) – I faced the problem of self-activating split screen feature , mostly when the phone in motion, but sometimes in still condition too. It's not only activates itself, it ( and this is the most annoying part ) starts switching between apps -, changing the splitting line position , in a quite fast way, I'd call it kinda dancing. I think the reason might be in faulty sensor or accelerator , or maybe both. The OS is Android 9 ( auto installed). As one of the solutions I see the disabling the permanent split screen feature disabling, but I couldn't find it anywhere in OS. Is there any other way of fixing such issue?

  94. Nokia 3310- i am proud of you my son

  95. Can anyone with this or the 6.1 who have owned it for a while provide an update?

  96. I have mine. 2 years. great phone.

  97. Watching this on my Nokia 6 …

  98. This is what only Nokia delivers you '' Solid Quality '' . doesn't matter how strong you look outside, its inside that matters the most.

  99. After 2017-18 nokia fucked off again in 2019 😣

  100. After all this time, I can say the only true nemesis' for this phone are over the top rough handling and water! This thing is seriously porous in its build, which funny enough, came in handy when mine got dunked. Most of what got in easily got out with some gentle shaking. The rest was handled by the ever useful bag of rice trick (twice!🤦🏾‍♂️🤦🏾‍♂️). These aren't the cheapest things this side of the world, but I'm definitely thinking of staying in the family when I finally upgrade.

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