iFixit's Nexus 6P teardown reveals it's a nightmare to get the phone repaired

A week ago, we showed you iFixit's sneak peek at the insides of the LG-made Google Nexus 5X and today is time for the Huawei-made Nexus 6P, the larger one among the new stock Android champs, to receive the teardown treatment. Unlike the Nexus 5X which received a repairability score of 7 out of 10, Huawei's first crack at making a stock Android phone for Google is not that easy to repair. Actually, getting it fixed is a real-life nightmare due to its sophisticated unibody build.

First of all, iFixit points out that the very opening of the phone might damage the glass hump at the rear of the device. Secondly, changing the display panel is quite hard on its own as well, because accessing it requires you to disassemble the whole phone and take out every single component out. Getting the camera module out also requires you to gut out the Nexus 6P and remove the motherboard from its place. 

Last, but not least, iFixit's teardown reveals that there's a lot of adhesive inside the Nexus 6P, which is aimed at keeping the battery and the rear cover om place, which is also not a great sign. That's unlike the Nexus 5X, which made use of little adhesive. There's a silver lining, though - the battery of the Nexus 6P is easily-accessible.

As a result, the Nexus 6P gets a lowly repoairabilit score of 2 out of 10 points. Needless to say, that's not a great result. Check out the disassembly right below and see yourself.

source: iFixit

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Nexus 6P
  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12.3 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, Octa-core, 2000 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 3450 mAh(23h talk time)



1. SamsungPhanboy

Posts: 765; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

Good thing I went with nexus protect lol

5. Acer_Predator unregistered

It completely same as with mate 7 ..is someone wants to repair mate 7 and not damage back cover or battery or screen frame it is impossible.. The back is difficult to remove without damage.. The battery is impossible to remove without bending so battery will be damaged and midframe is plastic so it gets cracked easily..

2. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

No nexus protect: shiiiiet you're out of luck.

3. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Aren't smartphone in general designed not to be relaired? Especially uni body options? When Samsung was using poly-carbonate modular designs, taking their phones apart were easy; especially the Note 2. But in order to satisfy people's stupid obsession for thin and minimalistic, now when you damage a device you have no choice but to pay the insurance and get it replaced. Especially since locations that do fix phones aren't going to stock parts and even if you buy them yourself, you still have to find someone who will repair it which is impossible. The only good thing about the iPhone is many shops do stock some parts because the models don't change as often, but the repair costs in many cases is more than just paying to get it replaced. The phones you buy do to what people think is premium, the more money the oems are going to make. The days of repairing your own stuff is just about over.

4. King_bilo

Posts: 115; Member since: May 20, 2015

Sad really.. Big companies electronic talk about electronic waste and recycling everyday but they seem to be doing things that support the exact opposite. Instead of manufacturing stuff that can have hardware easily updated they just design it to be thrown away in total and buy a new one.. Even worse, they are playing to demand so it's not really totally their fault especially in a competitive market like smartphones.. The fact of the matter is, people want new phones. They don't want updated hardware or easily fixable hardware. They just want stuff that's new. I know there's project fi and some companies offering money to take their phones back but fact of the matter is, compared to the amount of s**t that gets thrown away, these are drops in the ocean.. I mean seriously. Smartphones barely last 2 years.

7. gazmatic

Posts: 818; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

what? no, no, no, no... Somebody has to repair them. Whether it be the layman or a professional. You point on unibody design holds no water because there are lots of other unibody devices that are easily repaired. This is what is called planned obsolescence. If one part is damaged then you have to scrap the entire phone. That is just wasteful and unnecessary.

9. AlikMalix unregistered

Well wasnt there an article that said iphone 6s was easy to repair? and iphone is the king of unibody...

11. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

The 1020 is a breeze, just a single screw to get the unibody and screen apart, same with the 1520

8. Syracuse

Posts: 69; Member since: Aug 26, 2015

Nice phone but I ordered a 5X. With both there were few flaws but the 6P is ginormous. I'll see if next year Nexus series has something more user friendly with one hand and hopefully more premium. That price in Europe though. Luckely if something goes wrong with the 5X it's much more easily repaired.

10. starleecq

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 30, 2015

For the rear glass decoration disassembly , there's a another better way to remove. We can't stay on the old way to think the new product.

12. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

which another way to repaire have you invented? *meh*

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