Google’s very own smartphones, the Pixel and Pixel XL, are getting pretty favourable reviews. As expected, it was only a matter of time before these devices are torn down to its components, which is exactly what the folks over at iFixit have done with the Pixel XL. The verdict? Google’s first smartphone is pretty easy to repair.
In iFixit’s teardown of the Pixel XL, it mentioned that many of the device’s components are modular and “can be easily replaced once the display assembly is removed.” The battery is also easily replaceable, which is always a good thing. Even though the Pixel XL is manufactured by HTC, there’s clearly a lack of any branding from the company on the innards of the phone – aside from the battery, of course.
However, iFixit also noted that the Pixel XL’s display assembly is on the thinner side of things. In the site’s teardown, it actually broke the phone’s display: the “OLED panel separated from the digitizer glass a little too easily for our liking,” iFixit said. Because of this, it can be difficult to open the phone without damaging it.
All things considered, iFixit gave the Google Pixel XL a repairability score of six out of 10, which is much better than what the Samsung Galaxy S7 got. If you’re keen to check out iFixit’s full teardown of Google’s first ever smartphone, you can do so here.