iFixit looked inside the Google Pixel 2 XL smartphone

The company iFixit, this time focused on the new products from Google, Pixel 2 XL, and dismantled it until “the last screw.” Join us and the technicians from iFixit to look into its interior.

As it is customary, Google smartphones are the most sophisticated handsets on the market. Therefore, the 8-core Snapdragon 835, 4 GB RAM, 64 or 128 GB internal memory, and a 6-inch POLED display with QHD + (1440 x 2880 px) resolution, covered with Gorilla Glass 5 3D glass, are included in the Pixel 2 XL.

The X-ray view of the phone reveals the pressure sensors on its sides (red), the vibration motor (orange) and the antennas (yellow).

Water resistance at the location of the SIM card slot helps the sealing rings.

The smartphone can be opened without having to burn it.

The display is connected to the inside with longer cables than is the case with other smartphones, making it easier to handle after separation.

After disconnecting the display, we reach the metal reinforcing frame.

Its removal reveals the inside of the phone.

The 3520 mAh battery is not easy to remove.

In the next step, we see the primary 12.2-megapixel camera with dual pixel sensor, optical stabilisation and f / 1.8 optics.

And here is a series of front sensors.

Out there is a motherboard.

When discovering its parts, we start an 8-megapixel webcam.

The other components are: 4GB LPDDR4 DRAM, Snapdragon 835 (red), 64GB flash memory (orange), LTE front-end module (yellow), Qorvo QM78035 (probably RF Fusion Module – green), Skyworks – Radio Wave Amplifier pale blue), NFC and Wifi / Bluetooth module (dark blue). The purple square indicates a special Pixel Visual Core image processor.

On the other side of the motherboard are memory controller with ARM SecurCore SC300 processor (red), LTE RF transmitter-receiver (orange), power management (yellow), Quick Charge 4 IC module (pale blue) and other iFixitt unidentified components.

We’re getting the volume and power buttons …

… the speaker …

… and one of the side pressure sensors with its detailed views.

The USB-C connector is one of the most desirable components, especially in the absence of a 3.5 mm audio connector, so it is, for ease of replacement, located on its board.

Fingerprint reader.

The rear glass is thicker than the display.

iFixit assumes that this coarse pad serves as a shock absorber.

The front sensor cable is accessible after removing the rear window.

Well, and finally the headphone speaker …

… and NFC antenna.

iFixit has awarded the Google Pixel 2 XL 6 of 10 points and evaluated it as follows:

  • all screws are of a general type, Phillips #00 and are only 9
  • the display is still very thin and slightly reinforced, but the foam glue makes it easier to remove it
  • the battery is glued, making it difficult to replace it, and it is very tightly placed
  • the tough centre frame and the tight covers of the display cables increase the need for repairs

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