Google Pixel XL teardown shows easily replaceable modular components


The Pixel XL has been subjected to an iFixit teardown. Stripping the smartphone down to an empty shell, the repairmen noted that the OLED panel (manufactured by Samsung) separated from the digitizer glass a bit too easily, as super-thin components and no frame or bezel behind the display make it difficult to remove.

The battery is secured with two strips of fairly strong adhesive. Many of the smaller components in the Pixel XL, such as the headphone jack and 8MP front facing camera are modular, meaning they can be replaced independently as inexpensive parts and eliminate the need for replacing the entire motherboard in more severe cases.

iFixIt also noted that HTC appears to have left its manufacturing mark on nothing, save for making the battery. It appears the smartphone is, indeed, designed by Google and put in mass production by HTC and its expertise.

The Pixel XL won an overall repairability score of 6 out of 10, due the laborious removal of the midframe and the difficulty of opening the smartphone without damaging the display assembly. The full article and photos by iFixit are available in the source link below.

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9 Comments

1. torr310

Posts: 1701; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Modular, replaceable... does that mean upgradibility is possible?

2. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1346; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

With some purpose built parts there a chance it's possible.

4. gingerboy92

Posts: 13; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Probably not. Modular means that it's replaceable. To be upgradeable, someone have to make a newer part for that phone to begin with. And the part must be suitable with the current design. Even if you can find something newer that uses the same connector, chances are, it wont fit into the original part's location(might be too thick or simply can't fit at all). And then there's the software counterpart that needed to be modified. This is the least impossible part though. Technically, almost all phones have some modular parts, it's just that nobody are making newer component for older phones, except for those phones that were designes to be modular(fairphone etc). Why would they when they can just make you buy a new phone.

6. JC557

Posts: 1925; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

No but it does lend itself to easy repairability. I guess this is how it's possible for a company to come up with same day display replacement for the Pixel.

7. JC557

Posts: 1925; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

3. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

Yeah, your biggest obstacle would probably be ribbon cable connections. I tried to build a frankenphone before and that was my issue. And I was just trying to put 5c parts in a 5s (or vice versa, don't remember.

5. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

So if I wanted to take it to warranty can I take it to an HTC service center?

8. w1000i

Posts: 251; Member since: Jul 22, 2015

Maybe

9. ipadminiz5pmeizumx4htcone

Posts: 8; Member since: Oct 20, 2016

The type of modularity is for the manufacturing assembly of the unit. A design concept for easy assembling of parts . when you know what is Methodology in terms of INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING and production system. This is a product of a design revise for production. The assembly line is being studied based on the parts. This is to utilize the production in. Terms of different element of production and cycle time. Only Mechanical engineer/ engineering and Industrial engineering / engr could understand.

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