How to replace the “not user replaceable” battery in the Nokia N8
Back when the Nokia N8 was announced, it seemed to have a ‘feature’ that most Nokia users have been mocking Apple for – a battery that isn’t “user replaceable”. A few days later, the truth started to come out – unlike Apple’s products, this battery wasn’t soldered onto anything, it was just that the construction of the phone deemed a removable back cover impossible. This ‘unique’ construction also brought along some other niceties, like having the IMEI printed right underneath the HDMI port opening, or all the other data you normally see under the battery being now exposed on the outside of the bottom tip of the phone.
Anyway, the two very visible screws on the sides of the device made people wonder (and Nokia all-but-confirm) whether replacing the battery was just a matter of getting the right screwdriver.
Well, in light of the recent leak of the Nokia N8 Service Manual, here’s all the confirmation you’ll need:
Seems easy enough if you’re a natural born tinkerer. Keep in mind that this may or may not void your warranty. There’s no official word on that yet, but we’ll probably find out at some point after the N8 is actually released.
As for the faint of heart, you may still be safer taking your device to a Nokia Care Point to have a professional do the replacement. And at least now you know it should only take a couple of minutes, and fight back if they tell you they need to keep it for a couple of weeks.
Via The Nokia Blog