Google Pixel 3 XL Teardown Reveals Samsung AMOLED Panel, Display Replacement Difficult With A Repairability Score Of 4

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Oct 16
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The Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL were launched earlier this month. The deep notch on the XL variant took the internet by storm, receiving mixed emotions from consumers. While some say it doesn’t bother them, others simply point at its existence. Now, folks over at iFixit have taken the Google Pixel 3 XL apart to find out more details for the device. So let’s dive in for more information, and take a look at the Pixel 3 XL’s repairability when compared to its predecessor.

Google’s Pixel 3 XL Teardown Reveals A Samsung AMOLED Panel, Harder To Repair Diaply And More

The launch of the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL have marked their true nature as flagships capable of competing against the giants of the industry. Google has emphasized greatly on the camera capabilities of the pair alongside the addition of other major additions. Despite the general design approach being kept the same, Google did introduce a new frosted rear glass look. However, with glass, the smartphone does tend to be more fragile, no matter how strong it is.

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At the front, there are dual selfie cameras and an all-screen display with a chin at the bottom. Teardown of the device is comparatively harder than its predecessor. The adhesives applied are far more tenacious than the Google Pixel 2 XL. The inside of the smartphone is pretty much predictable apart from the usual bits. However, what’s different is the addition of a new wireless charging pad and the SIM tray under the speaker assembly.

The battery is glued with stretch-release adhesive, so you can pull it out with ease if you make it this far. The Pixel 3 XL features a 13.2 Wh battery which is lower than the Google Pixel 2 XL’s 13.6 Wh, and almost the same as the original Pixel with 13.28 Wh. Nonetheless, it is still ahead than the iPhone XS Max’s 12.08 Wh.

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Furthermore, there is a lot of thermal paste applied to transfer heat from the chips to the metal frames. The Visual Core chip is brought forward from the Pixel 2 which aids in a series of tasks including the camera capabilities of the device. The O-rings and adhesives applied for waterproofing make repairability process more complicated. However, even though the repairability is difficult, it would provide extra protection in case the smartphone falls down.

Further opening the device reveals the vibration motor which is tweaked for a better haptic response. In the display category, the past rumors were all correct. Google has opted to use Samsung’s AMOLED panels this year. This makes sense as the Pixel 2 XL display was quite devastating as in painted a blue hue at slightest off angles.

However, even though Samsung’s panels are more reliable, replacing the display will be a little tricky. According to iFixit, replacing the panel would require replacing the entire frame of the device. The display chip is also from Samsung, coupled with the panel itself.

The Google Pixel 3 XL display repairs are significantly more difficult than its predecessor, which require the complete disassembly of the device. The smartphone receives a repairability score of 4, which is less than the Pixel 2 XL’s repairability score of 6. So you might want to think twice before breaking it. Head over to iFixit’s entire analysis here.

There will be more to the story, so be sure to stay tuned in for more details on the teardown. This is all for now, folks. What are your thoughts on the Google Pixel 3 XL’s teardown? Do you think the Samsung panel is a good idea after last year’s display problems on the Google Pixel 2 XL? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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