iFixit disassembles the Google Pixel C, uncovers a metric ton of glue

iFixit disassembles the Google Pixel C, uncovers a metric ton of glue
It took a while, but the teardown artists at iFixit got their hands on the Google's high-end Pixel C Android tablet (released December 2015) and disassembled it in the name of science. They gave it a repairability rating of 4 out of 10, reasoning the lowly figure with some questionable cabling choices and the prevalence of "thick, gooey adhesive" in its assembly.

The display is fused and glued with "tough adhesive," but it must be removed in order to access internals, which complicates the procedure. The battery connector is obscured by two ribbon cables and a piece of tape, while the battery cells themselves are "very solidly adhered to the case." with what iFixit calls "crazy strong adhesive." Did somebody go to town with the glue gun?

The antennas are glued onto the speakers, which means replacing the latter will take a less than reasonable amount of work. Moreover, the heart of the Pixel C itself – the motherboard – is adhered to the bottom, with no screws for easy separation to be found.

In an interesting bit of trivia, there are as many as 17 magnets spread throughout the tablet's case in order to let it connect to the keyboard. The full story and photos by iFixit are available inside the source link below.

source: iFixit

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6 Comments

1. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

the inside looks neat..

2. 444777

Posts: 399; Member since: May 02, 2016

It surely does.

3. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1185; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

Nowadays, adhesive and integration is pretty much a must to keep a device thin and solid. I guess as days pass by, ifixit will become more of a niche because less people would really even try to open and fix their devices on their own.

4. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

2204.62 pounds of glue? That's a lot of glue.

5. Beto_Lopez

Posts: 44; Member since: Apr 14, 2015

that's why i prefered the HP Elite X2 1012, it looks better and is easy to disassemble

6. Shrihari

Posts: 104; Member since: Jan 29, 2013

So do you use the tablet everyday or sit and disassemble it everyday?

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