Pixel 2 XL teardown reveals LG battery, heat pipe, and Google's first custom processor


The crafty folks from iFixit have gone through the trouble to take apart the new Google Pixel 2 XL, and it turned out that it wasn't much of a trouble, at least as far as today's sealed waterproof flagships are concerned, as we've seen recent phones much harder to repair. The Pixel 2 XL got a 6/10 score for repairability, and, despite that it is water-resistant with IP67 certification, it doesn't even need heating to open up, unlike the vast majority of today's glass-and-metal flagships.

The phone is indeed LG inside, as given away by the branding of the battery pack, as much as something built out of a motley crew of component brands - from Samsung's DDR4 RAM to an STMicro  embedded SIM module - can be attributed to a single manufacturer. When the guys reached the battery pack and the screen assembly, though, they encountered a much tighter ship, and, given that those two parts are the most likely to be repaired, they deducted from the final score. 

We know what you are interested in the most - Google's brand spanking new Pixel Visual Core processor, but, besides the internal part number of SR3HX X726C502, the teardown couldn't find anything more about it, and you'll have to wait to see it in action, as it will only be enabled with Android 8.1. The iFixit crew also found exactly where the squeeze sensors are, and what makes them tick, not to mention that they also discovered a heatpipe, which should help with performance bottlenecks under heavy duty gaming.

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Pixel 2
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 12.2 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2350 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 2700 mAh

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5 Comments

1. Furkan

Posts: 552; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

Wow First phone with QC4 Poor Samsung. Still with QC2... (Actually pixel 2 is using USB PD anyway faster than QC2 lol)

2. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

From what I've heard it supports both USB PD and QC4, which is nice since you're not as limited in choice of chargers. I'd imagine QC4 chargers will be more prevalent than USB PD chargers.

4. sgodsell

Posts: 7362; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I am more interested in the SR3HX X726C502 Pixel Visual Core (AI chip). Especially when Google's blog stated it can operate up 3 trillion operations per second. Apple when they showed off their embedded AI, it can operate at 600 billion operations per second. Google's chip is 5 times faster. That is dam fast. But we will have to see when Google releases an updated Android SDK and 8.1 update.

5. sgodsell

Posts: 7362; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Hurry up and release the hounds. ;-)

3. mikehunta727 unregistered

No issues at all with the charging speed of my Note 8 but ofc faster is always better

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