Insignia Flex Elite 7.85 Innards Described

No photos, alas.

Over at ARCTablet forum, graphdarnell reports he had an accident:

A word of caution: I dropped the thing today and the touchscreen cracked. Opened it to see if it could be replaced. The battery is a particular pain to remove. It is glued to the back of the lcd display by two strips of unusually strong adhesive running the length of it. You will see two blue tabs at the top. The strips begin there and end at the bottom.

The only way to get it off is to scrape the adhesives off. Since the glue is really strong, you might tear the outer silver lining of the battery even when using a thin blade to slice through. Moreover, if you exert too much pressure to the back of the display, you might break its super thin and brittle surface (cheap material?). I’ve worked on quite a few touchscreens, but have never seen anything this fragile. If you crack it, the only way is to buy a new tablet.

The touchscreen is “fused” to the display with LOCA, and glued to the plastic frame with the same insane adhesive. A hairdryer won’t mollify it; a heatgun will melt and deform the plastic frame. A combo digitizer/lcd in a new frame is not available anywhere, and if it is, it would cost almost as much as a new tablet. Best Buy clearly doesn’t want its customers to fool around with the hardware. So be warned.

Well, that seems to crush the hopes of anyone who was thinking of taking off the back and swapping in a more powerful battery.

Actually, I shouldn’t have been surprised by any of this. This is a low-rung Chinese tablet. It’s made to be sold to a company like Best Buy for the lowest possible price. That will equal Slap-It-Together assembly that’s not amenable to repairs and, especially, user modifications.

Previously at Mike Cane’x xBlog

Insignia Flex Elite 7.85: Someone Else Installs OMA’s ROM
Installing OMA ROM On Insignia Flex Elite 7.85Video: Insignia Flex Elite 7.85 With OMA ROM
Second Video: Insignia Flex Elite 7.85 With OMA ROM
Video: Insignia Flex Elite 7.85 With OMA ROM
Insignia Flex Elite 7.85: ROOTED!
Insignia Flex Elite 7.85: Update Screen
Insignia Flex Elite 7.85 is US$129 Again
Bad News About Asus ZenPad S 8.0 “Pro/Plus” Model, Good News About Insignia Flex Elite 7.85
Holiday Weekend Tech Testing
Insignia Flex Elite 7.85: App Freezer Test
Insignia Flex Elite 7.85: Standby Battery Drain
Insignia Flex Elite 7.85: Sample Video
Insignia Flex Elite 7.85: Update “Soon,” OMA ROM Needs Windows 7
Insignia Flex Elite 7.85: Flashing OMA ROM Hits A Second Wall
Insignia Flex Elite 7.85: PDF Test Video
PDF Tests: iPad Mini Versus Insignia Flex Elite 7.85
Insignia Flex Elite 7.85: No Root Built-In
Insignia Flex Elite 7.85: Flashing OMA ROM Hits A Wall
Insignia Flex Elite 7.85: OMA ROM Available
Insignia Flex Elite 7.85: One More Test
Insignia Flex Elite: OMA Has Worked
Insignia Flex Elite 7.85: Dan EE & OMA Progress?
Insignia Flex Elite 7.85: Another Best Buy Investigation
The Insignia Flex Elite 7.85: What’s Lurking In Its Android?
Insignia Flex Elite 7.85: Why Battery Life Is Bad
Insignia Flex Elite 7.85: Third Best Buy Owner Review
Live From Best Buy: Insignia Flex Elite 7.85 Sample Photos
Insignia Flex Elite 7.85: App Compatibility Problem
Insignia Flex Elite: New Owner Comments
OMA: The Only And Best Hope For The Insignia Flex Elite?
Insignia Flex Elite: PubMed Test
Google Books PDF Test: Insignia Flex Elite
Best Buy’s Insignia Flex Elite iPad Mini Clone Is Almost The iFive Mini 4
Best Buy Insignia Flex Elite iPad Mini Clone: AnTuTu
Best Buy’s Secret RK3288 iPad Mini Clone: Part Three
Best Buy’s Secret RK3288 iPad Mini Clone: Part Two
Best Buy’s Secret RK3288 iPad Mini Clone

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7 Responses to Insignia Flex Elite 7.85 Innards Described

  1. bobb says:

    I was able to put in a 6000mah battery, was a real pain…
    Added about 8 grams in weight.
    Draining it now, give it a full recharge and see how it does.

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    • mikecane says:

      Keep us posted!

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      • bobb says:

        Have been using it for a while with the new battery, a definite improvement in battery life, Much more use able now. I use a 2.5A charger on it and it recharges in 1- 1 1/2 hours.
        Was worth the hassle of replacing the battery.
        Side note: Oma’s rom only runs at 1.6Ghz, cannot clock it to 1.8. Looking to return it to factory rom and then root it again, then remove bloatware. Antutu 6.x factory rom rooted 49,000, oma rom 46,000. Was hoping oma would do a 6x rom for it.

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      • bobb says:

        Netflix not working in Oma rom.

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  2. bobb says:

    Best buy has it on for $99 again.

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