Is the Google Nexus 5X easy to repair? iFixit teardown gives us the answer

Is the Google Nexus 5X easy to repair? iFixit teardown gives us the answer
If you're looking for a mid-range handset that runs stock Android, right now, there's arguably no better option than the Google Nexus 5X, the brand new LG-made Android 6.0 Marshmallow smartphone that's available to buy since earlier his week for prices starting at $379 (in the US). While the Nexus 5X doesn't have an outstanding design, perhaps you're interested in seeing what's inside of it. iFixit just disassembled the new handset for our viewing pleasure, and also to see how easy (or hard) it is to repair.

The Nexus 5X received an iFixit repairability score of 7 out of 10 - which means it's not that hard to repair, as many of its components can be replaced independently (though the display and the glass protecting it are fused together, and you'll need to replace both if any of them gets damaged).

Besides the Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 chipset that's powering the Nexus 5X, other notable components include a Sony IMX377 12.3 MP rear camera sensor, a Samsung-made 2 GB LPDDR3 RAM module, a Toshiba-made eMMC 5.0 Flash Memory module, and the Nexus Imprint fingerprint reader. As you'll see below, the fingerprint reader (positioned on the back of the phone) takes up a bit of space from what could have been a larger battery (the 5X comes with a 2700 mAh battery that offers average usage times). Teardown aside, you should also check out our Nexus 5X review to find our more about the new handset.

source: iFixit

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Nexus 5X
  • Display 5.2 inches
    1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 12.3 MP (Single camera)
    5 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 808, 2GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB,
  • Battery 2700 mAh
  • OS Android 8.1 Oreo



12. tokuzumi

Posts: 2031; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

Another Back To The Future reference? While I loved that movie as a kid, it's time to just let it go.

13. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014


9. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

so 5X have 3 delorean inside them, thats explain why 5X battery life isnt that great.

11. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Don't worry, we just gotta find some organic matter and it'll be good as new.

8. nahusiv

Posts: 100; Member since: Apr 20, 2015

click bait

6. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2267; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

lol, a delorean DMC 12 too,..the flux capacitor maybe powering it..

5. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Somehow I'm betting that the Huawei 6P isn't quite so easily repaired.

2. khul00

Posts: 27; Member since: Sep 06, 2014

Whats with the toy car?

3. PootisMan

Posts: 267; Member since: Aug 02, 2013

Back to the future reference.

4. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Seriously? Have you not been on the internet at all this week?

1. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Quickly accessible battery pack. Awesome.

7. Cheezwiz

Posts: 500; Member since: Dec 29, 2014

That's basically what I take away from this. It's not "officially" replaceable, but nice to know that it's not exactly hard to do.

14. Jango

Posts: 376; Member since: Oct 24, 2014

Although the most common repair within the first 12 months of ownership is likely to be the display or the cracked glass. This will cost more as you'll need to replace both components at once to repair just one.

10. greyarea

Posts: 267; Member since: Aug 14, 2015

It's handy if ankor or another 3rd party makes a higher capacity battery later on. Not the kind of setup I'd carry an extra battery for though, I'd still rely on portable charger. Hope to see more rapid charge portables in the future.

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