Google Pixel XL's modular components can be easily replaced

But its display assembly is badly put together.

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Mariella Moon
October 22, 2016 6:45 AM
In this article: gear, google, googlepixel, HTC, ifixit, mobile, pixelxl
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iFixit gave Google's Pixel XL a middling repairability score of 6 out of 10 partly because its display was poorly assembled. Still, the team found a lot of modular components that can be easily replaced when they cracked Mountain View's new flagship open. They also noted that HTC acted as the perfect silent partner, barely leaving a mark on the device despite manufacturing it for the tech giant. The only indication that HTC was involved is a logo on the XL's battery, which you can peel off -- it's right in the middle of a tab you need to pull if you want to pop the phone's battery out.

By the way, the Pixel XL has a 13.28 Wh battery that's much better than the iPhone 7 Plus' (11.1 Wh), but not as good as Samsung S7 Edge's (13.86 Wh). If you want to see what the phone's back-mounted fingerprint sensor, 12.3-megapixel rear camera and other notable parts look like outside the device itself, check out the full teardown process on iFixit's website or watch the video below.

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