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iFixit's Pixel 4 XL review shows the flagship's poor repairability, reveals important hardware details

The Pixel 4 XL's display has now been confirmed to be supplied by Samsung Display. (Source: iFixit)
The Pixel 4 XL's display has now been confirmed to be supplied by Samsung Display. (Source: iFixit)
iFixit has now published its Pixel 4 XL teardown, with the new Google phone earning a 4/10 repairability score. The report also reveals some previously unknown details of the phone's hardware, most notable being that of the 90 Hz QHD+ AMOLED display.
Ricci Rox,

iFixit's teardowns usually give a good idea of how repairable a smartphone is, and the website has just published its Pixel 4 XL teardown guide. Going by the website's evaluation criteria, the new Google flagship isn't easy to repair, as it earned a repairability score of 4/10.

While a score of 4/10 appears to be terrible, it's not actually bad when compared to other smartphones. Better put, it's bad but not out of the norm. The Samsung Galaxy Note 10+, for example, was rated even worse at 3/10. 

Phones like the OnePlus 7 Pro, Huawei P30 Pro, and the Pixel 3 XL all have repairability scores of 4/10. Phones like the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro Max, and Pixel 3a XL are more repairable, however, with all three having a 6/10 rating.

The guide clarified a few things:

  • The 6GB LPDDR4X RAM was made by Micron
  • The 64 GB storage was made by SK Hynix
  • There appears to be a special RAM module for the Pixel Neural Core
  • The biometric system consists of two NIR (Near Infrared) cameras, an NIR dot projector, and an NIR flood emitter
  • The Soli radar chip is placed alongside the earpiece speaker, ambient light sensor, and mic

It also confirms that the display is made by Samsung, just like we said a few days ago.

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Ricci Rox, 2019-10-24 (Update: 2019-10-24)
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I'm a freelance copywriter who lives and dies for tech. Android, ​especially. The smartphone market is one going through an impressive growth spurt, so I crawl the Internet with keen interest in a technological ecosystem that doesn't seem to be slowing down anytime soon.