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iFixit Gives Pixel XL Teardown Treatment, Reveals It’s Not So Easy to Repair

google-pixel-xl-teardownAs you may very well know, early this month, the folks at Google introduced us to their latest and greatest smartphones, the Pixel and the Pixel XL. In the meantime, the two smartphones have been reviewed by the media and now both of them are available to everyone. The folks at iFix it, who made a name out of tearing gadgets down, have gotten their hands on the bigger Google Pixel and have been curious enough to look inside it.

Both the Pixel and the Pixel XL are manufactured by HTC and it appears that the Taiwan-based phone maker did not really leave a lot of its branding on the internals of the phone. According to iFixit the display of the device is made by Samsung and so is the RAM. The touch digitizer is made by Synaptics, while the USF 2.0 internal storage has Samsung’s branding on it.

The teardown has also revealed that the internal parts of Pixel XL are in modular nature, but that it’s quite difficult to get to them. For this last reason, the phone has received a repairability score of 6 out of 10.

In case have been living under a rock in the last few weeks, you might want to know that Pixel XL is one of the most powerful smartphones currently on the market, being underpinned by a beastly hardware platform. The handset arrives with a 5.5-inch AMOLED screen with Quad HD resolution and 534 ppi pixel density, while being based on a quad-core Snapdragon 821 CPU mated with an Adreno 530 GPU. Pixel XL has 4 GB of RAM and comes with 32 or 128 GB of non-expandable storage.

According to most reviewers, the main camera of the Pixel XL is the best smartphone camera around. We are talking about a 12.3 MP sensor with f/2.0 aperture, phase detection and laser autofocus, dual-LED dual tone flash, 1/2.3″ sensor size, 1.55µm pixel size, and 2160p@30fps video recording support. Out on the front there’s an 8 MP selfie shooter with f/2.4 aperture and Full HD video recording capabilities.

In terms of connectivity, Google’s latest flagship arrives with options which include LTE Cat 11, WiFi ac, Bluetooth 4.2 Low energy, GPS, NFC, and USB Type C. The smartphone features a fingerprint reader, active noise cancellation with dedicated mic, it’s splash and dust resistant, and has a fast-charging 3,450 mAh battery. Of course, since the Pixel is Google’s own phone, it had to be the first to run a new Android version. Therefore, both Pixel and Pixel XL are the first smartphones to come pre-loaded with Android 7.1 Nougat.

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