Google Pixel 3a And Pixel 3a XL Flaunt Impressive Repairability In Teardown Analysis

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This week, the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL are the hottest talk of the internet, as they are the new mid-range smartphones from Google. With a starting price of $399 for the Pixel 3a and $479 for the Pixel 3a XL, both phones offer a nice balance of features, camera image quality, battery life... and actually include a 3.5mm headphone jack.

Not surprisingly, it didn't take the folks at iFixit to take a scalpel to both the Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3a XL, and thankfully, both have modular components that are more readily accessible for replacement in case of failure.

Unlike most smartphone which feature bodies made out of a combination of aluminum and glass, the new Pixel devices feature plastic bodies. This makes them both lighter and cheaper to produce. It also means that getting inside the devices doesn't require dealing with microwaveable heating pads or heat guns. Instead, the display is held in place with "easily-separated adhesive secures". However, the incredibly easy points of entry also mean that neither phone is IP rated for water/dust resistance.

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Components like the 3.5mm headphone jack and USB-port are readily accessible and replaceable. Likewise, the battery is held in place with the same stretchy adhesives as the display in case you need to replace it down the road.

iFixit for the most part was impressed with the repairability of the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL, save for the numerous thin ribbon cables that snake throughout the internal structure of phones and can be easily damaged by clumsy fingers. With that being said, iFixit gave the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL a repairability score of 6 out of 10, which is quite good for a modern smartphone.

You can see the Google Pixel 3a teardown here, while the Pixel 3a XL teardown can be accessed here.