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Nexus 5X teardown reveals a modular design that’s easy to repair

by Jacob Kleinman | October 22, 2015October 22, 2015 5:00 pm PDT

You may already have the Nexus 5x in hand — pre-orders are already arriving — but what happens when it breaks? Well, according to the teardown experts at iFixit, repairing the new phone should be relatively easy as long as there’s nothing wrong with the display.

The Nexus 5X earned a score of 7 out of 10 for repairability thanks to its modular components and standard Phillips screws. The battery is also easy to remove, though it takes a bit of work to get to it. The only real issue is LG’s decision to fuse the LCD and glass cover together, meaning if one cracks you’ll have to replace them both.

We also get a first look at Google’s new Nexus Imprint fingerprint reader, which sits on the back of the device. The sensor connects to a chip using spring contacts, making repairs much easier. As for the phone’s new USB-C port, it’s firmly soldered to the motherboard, meaning you’ll likely need to swap the entire board out if your connector stops working.

The Nexus 5X looks just as nice on the inside as it does on the outside. It’s good to know that repairs on the new stock Android phone will be relatively easy, though it may still be worth signing up for Nexus Protect and letting the professionals take care of any hardware issues you run into.

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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...

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