- iFixit just posted its Google Pixel 3 XL teardown.
- The Google Pixel 3 XL teardown confirms the device’s display is made by Samsung.
- The teardown also reveals it will be difficult to repair the Google Pixel 3 XL.
Although general consumers still don’t have the recently-unveiled Google Pixel 3 and Google Pixel 3 XL in their hot little hands quite yet, venerable repair site iFixit does. When iFixit gets ahold of a new device, it knows precisely what to do with it: tear it apart.
As such, the Google Pixel XL teardown just went live at iFixit.com, and it seems to confirm quite a few things.
The most notable thing the Google Pixel 3 XL teardown shows is that Samsung appears to have created the device’s display. This is the same display which just swept the DisplayMate review metrics resulting in an A+ grade, which seemingly puts to rest any concerns of the Pixel 3 XL’s display having the problems the Pixel 2 XL’s display had.
With all that in mind, it appears Samsung is still the king of the mobile display world, with little competition coming through.
The rest of the iFixit Google Pixel 3 XL teardown reveals the device will be tricky to repair. The all-glass back of the device (which enables wireless charging) is notoriously difficult to remove without breaking, and the layout of the antenna assemblies and battery get dinged as well for their removal difficulty.
The previously-mentioned Samsung display will be very difficult to remove; in fact, iFixit suggests if you need to replace the display, you’ll have to replace the whole frame of the phone.
iFixit gives the Google Pixel 3 XL an overall repairability score of 4 out of 10, which suggests you should take extra good care of your Pixel 3 when it arrives at your door.