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Disassembly/Repair of the mobile device ZTE Zmax 2 (ZTE Zmax 2 Z958) with each step description and the required set of tools.


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Step 1. Open the back cover

Using a spudger or a plastic pick, carefully, around the edge, detach the back cover clips, and remove it.

Do not insert the tool deeply or bend it. Otherwise, the housing may be tampered with or damaged.


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Step 2. Remove the battery

There is an indentation at the end of the battery on the middle cover. Hook the battery at this point, lift it up and remove the battery.

ℹ️️ The ZTE Zmax 2 model has a battery Li3830T43P4h835750 with 3000 mAh capacity (aka rechargeable battery).


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Step 3. Unscrew the screws

Using a screwdriver (Phillips 1.5 mm PH #000), unscrew the seven screws.


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Step 4. Remove the loudspeaker

Pry over the edge and remove the cover with a loudspeaker.


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Step 5. Unscrew the screws

Using a screwdriver (Phillips 1.5 mm PH #000), unscrew the eleven screws.


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Step 6. Open the middle cover

Pry over the edges. Move an opening tool along the edge detach the clips and remove the middle cover with antenna pads and tracks. The middle cover protects the printed circuit board (PCB).

Try to lift the cover by the edges and don't push anything too far inside, so as not to accidentally break or short-circuit anything on the circuit board.


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Step 7. Disconnect the connectors

Disconnect the connectors of the coaxial cable, inter-board cable, touchscreen cable.

⚠️️ Do not pull on the cable or pry it with a sharp tool, the connectors are pretty weak and break easily, or the cable falls out of the end (lug).


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Step 8. Remove the daughterboard

Remove the sub-board. It may be glued to the frame or attached with attachments like latches or hooks, so be careful.

ℹ️️ The sub-board contains a charging port (Micro USB), microphone, vibration motor, spring contacts for the speaker, and an antenna unit.

⚠️️ It is not necessary to insert the tool underneath when removing the sub-board. Internal components could be damaged.


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Step 9. Remove the cameras

Disconnect connectors on the motherboard and remove the main and front (selfie) cameras.


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Step 10. Disconnect the connectors

Pry up the connectors of the display cable, inter-board cable.


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Step 11. Remove the motherboard

Carefully remove the printed circuit board. There is no need to use a lever or try to reach the circuit board by force. Make sure that nothing is getting in the way or holding the circuit board.

The motherboard, also, may be attached with attachments like latches or hooks, be careful.

⚠️️ Do not bend the circuit board when removing it or push tools under it. Unbeknownst to yourself, you can damage components or cables from the inside.


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Step 12. Remove the earpiece speaker

Pry at the bottom and remove the earpiece speaker.

⚠️️ Be careful! The earpiece speaker is glued a bit with adhesive.

⚠️️ If we pry the speaker in the middle we may break the earpiece speaker in half.


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Step 13. In the display frame remained

ℹ️️ In the display frame remained:

Detailed disassembly instructions of ZTE Zmax 2 in the video, made by our mobile repair & service center:

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Disassembling\Repair has medium complexity and takes about 8 minutes in time. Our manual is suitable for all models ZTE Zmax 2 — ZTE Zmax 2 Z958 released for markets in different countries.



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