I thought I best dig a bit deeper and see if I could free the screen from the confines of the tablet.
The tablet has a frame which is quite sturdy and this, along with the gorilla glass keep the LCD firmly in place. Deep down I knew removing the LCD would be a one way trip as soon as I started – but to make life even worse, at the last moment I managed to utterly mess up and destroy the screen itself.
The screen is very lightweight and flexible – the back of the screen is rigid, as you would expect from a panel, but since it has no frame as such it can bend quite a bit.
The panel and glass fits in from the front. The panel is not fixed against the grey frame, but is glued to the glass around the extremities of it’s borders.
The glass is glued to the front of the tablet – about 10mm on each opposite edge. In an ideal world, and with practice, I imagine you could you could ease the glass with attached panel out from the front, using a hair dryer. And then separate the panel from the glass.
It was during stage 2 that I applied a little too much force and destroyed everything. The glue will either be hot enough to give very easily, or it won’t – so don’t push it!
Even though I have a very good idea of how this would be done… now… I am unsure I would attempt it again in a hurry. I think an experienced tablet or phone fixing person, though, would be able to whip it out without too much issue, but the panel is flimsy without it’s supporting structure!
Anyway, all in the name of research!