The Google Pixel 4 XL goes through iFixit evaluating its reparability
5 (100%) one vote
Earlier this month, Google launched its most recent flagship phones: the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL. This took place in the event ?Made By Google?That took place in the United States. Among the responses of users have emerged some criticism of Google for the design it has implemented with its new devices, especially the thick top frame that does not exist in almost any other phone in its price range.
Today we know that the thick forehead has been preserved to make room for the Soli radar chip. Recently the iFixit home repair site posted a disarming the Google Pixel 4 XL. Thanks to this it has been exposed how this little chip really looks, in addition to revealing other details about its entrails.
Google Pixel 4 XL on iFixit
Like most modern phones, the rear glass cover of the Google Pixel 4 XL it has stuck to the chassis with the help of an adhesive strong It requires a lot of heat to open. The wireless charging coil and the NFC They are glued to the rear glass and use spring contacts that make the device a little easier to repair than last year.
The disassembly revealed that removing the battery was quite simple thanks to the elastic eyelashes and the use of some IPA (iso-propyl alcohol). However, under the battery there is the thin flexible cable for the Active Edge function that can be broken easily If the user is not careful when opening the terminal.
Then they followed with thin motherboard which is held in place through Torx T3 screws and several brackets that were carefully removed. As the images show, the 6 GB of Micron LPDDR4x RAM is placed next to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855. On the same side of the board is the Titan M security chip, the Knowles 8508A four-core audio processor and the dedicated RAM for the Neural core Pixel chip.
The other side of the motherboard houses other essential components. This includes the Sky5-8212-11 front module, the Qualcomm QET5100 tracker, the STMicroelectronics ST54J NFC controller and the complementary MAX MAX77826 PMIC.
This was followed by the removal of a unified thick component that features the earpiece speaker. Then it was the turn of the microphone, the ambient light sensor and the Soli chip mentioned above.
Everything seemed fine until the next step, which was the dismantling of the 90 Hz screen. Like the back panel, the display assembly has stuck to the chassis. But nevertheless, for this area the adhesive is much strongerTherefore, it is very unlikely that we can disassemble the screen in one piece. But nevertheless, The screens are usually disassembled only during the replacement process.
Curiously, The Google Pixel 4 XL screen panel is manufactured by Samsung, that too supplies panels to OnePlusbut that in turn does not offer on its terminals Galaxy S or Galaxy Note screens with high update frequency.
Conclusion of iFixit
To conclude, iFixit experts have thanked the use of standard Torx T3 screws throughout the device and battery traction tabs. But nevertheless, This is where the good news ends. All repairs require access through the back panel, which is not the easiest to remove. In addition, as mentioned above, screen replacement requires complete disassembly of the phone. With all the factors included, iFixit has given the Pixel 4 XL a reparability score of only 4 of 10.
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