Nexus 6 teardown reveals inner workings of Google’s new phablet
The people at iFixit set their sights on the new phablet and have dismantled the device to give us a closer look at the insides of the device (preorders started shipping earlier this month).
The results are mostly good: It’s fairly simple to access the phone’s inner parts to repair or replace them (iFixit rated the phablet a 7 out of 10 for easiness to repair). Beneath the back hood, which the dismantlers had to pry off with a pick, a “legion” of screws need to be removed in order to get inside, meaning no adhesive is used to secure the front panel. After that, it’s pretty easy to replace cameras, buttons and the headphone jack.
The battery is glued into the phone, which can make removal and replacement more difficult than it needs to be.
The battery is glued into the phone, which can make removal and replacement more difficult than it needs to be. Various other components, like the USB port and vibrator, are soldered directly the motherboard. It’s best for these parts to be connected by cable, according to iFixit. The display is also fused to part of the phone, which will make repairing a broken display pricier.The Nexus 6 has a 5.7-inch display and runs Android 5.0 Lollipop, the latest mobile OS from Google. You can head over to iFixit to get a more in-depth roundup (and more pictures) of the Nexus 6’s guts.