Anyone who is curious about the internals of their Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 will probably be glad to check out this teardown guide. Disassembling the Xperia X10 is a tricky process, but thankfully McKebapp from xda-developers has gone through the hard work detailing the step-by-step process in taking your handset apart.
He has kindly allowed us to reproduce the guide here in full, bringing this information to the wider X10 community. If you are thinking about taking your phone apart, please read the instructions carefully and if you get stuck don’t force anything. Check out the full guide after the break.
Xperia X10 Disassembly Guide
[The Xperia X10 Blog absolves itself from any responsibility should you decide to carry on and you break your handset. Please proceed with caution and at your own risk.]
Step 1: Requirements
Torx 6 Screwdriver
Small straight-slot screwdriver
Credit card or guitar pick
Step 2: Remove peripheral components
Remove all of the loose parts like the battery, sim card and memory card.
Step 3: Unscrewing
Take out the 8 screws from the handset, keep them in a safe place to avoid loosing any of them.
Step 4: Remove lower support
Remove the lower part of the phone that has small connectors to the PCB and is half-glued to the back cover. Use a small knife to pierce once under both sides of the handset. You should now be able to lift it open with your own finger nails.
Step 5: Create a gap between covers
Starting at the top, use a guitar pick to create a small gap between the back and front covers. Be patient and don’t use a knife otherwise the faux-chrome will start to peel off. Once the gap is big enough use a credit card (that is slightly thicker than the guitar pick) to force the upper end of the back cover off its clips. The smooth plastic should prevent the handset getting scratched.
Step 6: Create gap on right side
Continue creating the gap on the right side. Start slowly from the front cover and stick the credit card between the housing parts. The first clip should now be open but continue until you are on the lower right side. Be careful not to pierce too deep with the credit card, otherwise there is a chance of cutting the ribbons beneath. Now release the lower clips as you did for those at the top of the housing.
Step 7: Loosen left side
At this point, the right side and bottom should be loosened. The clips on the left side are too tight to get a credit card through. However, this is not needed, if you lift the back cover slowly and wiggle it a little it should come off by itself. Note that this step may require a bit of force to open properly.
Step 8: Prepare to remove sim and memory card holder
Now you need to remove the sim and memory card holder that has four clips. Two of these clips can be seen in the picture below (where the screwdriver is pointing to). Use a toothpick to lever between the PCB and clip from underneath. Now do the same to the two clips on the other side. DO NOT REMOVE THE HOLDER YET. Take a closer look at the next picture first.
Step 9: Remove holder
A ribbon sits underneath the holder so you have to be careful not to rip it. Lift the holder a little from the right side and use a toothpick to lift it off.
Step 10: Remove audio jack
The picture below shows the ribbon again. Take off the audio jack by simply lifting it with your fingers. The arrow shows you in which direction.
Step 11: Remove ribbons
Now loosen the three ribbons at the lower end of the PCB. Use a toothpick, guitar pick or credit card to remove these ribbons that should come off easily. Do not remove any of the SMD components beside these ribbons. If you do, it will require you to re-solder them back.
Step 12: Remove additional ribbon
Remember to remove another ribbon that sits underneath the audio jack. The red screwdriver is pointing to it in the picture below.
Step 13: Remove PCB
Now you need to loosen the clips that the PCB is attached to on the front cover. The PCB is attached via four clips. Use the straight-slot screwdriver to pierce between the PCB and upstanding part of the front cover. The screwdriver should be placed at a direct angle from the side (see the picture from step 15). Now wiggle a little and the PCB should jump out of the clips. Repeat this on the other three clips. You should now be able to lift the lower end of the PCB and pull it out in a flat angle.
Step 14: Separate display and touch module
Now you will need to split the display, touch module and front cover. Loosen the keypad, but be careful not to tear the ribbon.
Step 15: Remove copper-coloured ribbons
Slowly pierce underneath the copper looking ribbons. They are glued to the whole area. After you’ve cut a few parts you should be able to remove the ribbons with your fingers, start with the biggest and finish with the smallest one.
Step 16: Remove display
The display is also clipped in the same way that the PCB was. Once you’ve used a credit card to remove the clips it should pop off by itself. That’s it you’ve now successfully disassembled the Xperia X10.
Note: The touch module appears to be heavily glued to the front cover. It may be able to be removed by heating the glue (maybe with a hairdryer) but it hasn’t been tried.
To reassemble the whole phone, simply put it back together in the reverse order as described in the steps above. When reassembling the phone don’t forget to clip the ribbons again. Simply push them into the connectors with your thumb. Don’t forget the ribbon underneath the audio jack and sim, memory card holder. Make sure that all clips are tightened by pressing the display, the PCB and the back cover once around with your thumb.
Many thanks to McKebapp once again. His original (and more humorous) guide can be found here.