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The Galaxy Note 3 has a similar design to the two previous models with a few minor differences. The S-Pen flex cable sits inside of the frame directly beneath the screen. Once again we have an AMOLED display with the digitizer attached to it and held in place by LOCA glue which is installed at the factory. This is also where one of the primary differences between this model and the Note 1 and 2 are apparent. The glue on this model is particularly strong and nearly impossible to separate from the surface without causing damage to the display assuming that it hasn’t already been damaged. The incidence of broken displays has also increased as opposed to cracked lenses and we are frequently seeing broken displays where the glass itself is not cracked. I suspect that this has to do with the new type of LOCA glue being used which somehow transfers the force of impact deeper into the handset.
Fortunately it is not too difficult to replace if you buy the entire assembly with a mid-frame. Be sure to order the correct one for your model as there are differences in the mid-frame layout which prevents GSM/CDMA interchangeability. It is also important to be very careful when removing the flex cables, vibrator, and charging port. These all use adhesive to keep them attached to the original frame and make it possible to damage them if too much force is used during their removal. Using heat to make the adhesive more pliable is a must. When removing the vibrator look for a small opening on the edge of the frames surface surrounding the component as this gives you a perfect location to pry with a narrow ended object such as a pick.
It is always a good idea to test the replacement part before you install all of the hardware into the new assembly. The safest method for this is to simply pull the logic board and install it long enough to make sure that the display and digitizer are working properly. You should test your S-Pen functionality as well.
Also be sure to test the proximity sensor as soon as possible. Slight variations in color on the lens can occasionally require adding a small rubber or plastic outline to enhance the rubber gasket which separates light through the small window in the lens.
For Canadian users with the N900W8 version you may use the US GSM replacement parts listed on the repair page linked at the top of this description.
Post time: 10-01-2017