21 May 2019
The teardowns of the newly-launched mid-range phones from Google have surfaced, courtesy of the team iFixit which dissects the new devices after their launch to let you know what these devices actually include. Specifications-wise, there’s, of course, a good distance between the new mid-rangers and Google’s third-gen flagship offerings. And this difference comes straight from their innards.
While the new Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3a XL devices pack Samsung OLED displays like their expensive Pixel 3 counterparts, they don’t have all the fancy items inside them. For instance, there’s no Visual Core chip, wireless charging coils, and waterproofing capabilities. This limitation helped Google in cutting down the overall cost and hence making them fall into the new mid-range category.
70.1 x 151.3 x 8.2 mm
5.6 inches - 2220x1080 px
76.1 x 160.1 x 8.2 mm
6 inches - 2160x1080 px
The team behind iFixit has separately torn down the two devices but their final thoughts are same. They both gain the repairability score of 6 out of 10 than their expensive counterparts that received score 4. The conclusion from the teardown tells what made the Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3a XL easier to repair devices over the Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XL.
iFixit tells that the display of the Pixel 3a and 3a XL come off easily. In fact, it’s thin and poorly supported. On the contrary, the display repair of the Pixel 3 XL is much more difficult and it would require complete disassembly of the phone. Furthermore, you have to un-glue the glass rear panel in order to service any component in the case of Pixel 3 XL. However, in the case of Pixel 3a XL, components can be easily replaced once the display assembly is removed. The best part is, on all the devices, Google has applied a good stretch-release adhesive that secures the battery on its place.
Also, the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL devices have glass on both, front and back and this arrangement increases the vulnerability to drop damage. However, the cheaper options to these devices which are Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3a XL have a plastic body, thus no fear of damage.
Overall, the Pixel 3a series is easier to repair. If you’re one of those who likes to clear several angles rather than just getting flattered by specs, performance, and features while purchasing a phone then you might have gotten one of them clarified here.