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Nexus 6P repairs are all but impossible, teardown reveals

by Jacob Kleinman | October 29, 2015October 29, 2015 9:00 am PDT

Last week the Nexus 5X scored an impressive 7 out of 10 for repairability from the teardown pros at iFixit, but how does the bigger Nexus 6P compare? Not so well it turns out. The metal-clad Nexus phone scored a measly 2 out of 10 in its first teardown.

The main issue with the Nexus 6P seems to be its sleek unibody design, which makes opening the device up particularly difficult. The glass camera cover is especially tricky, and Huawei used a pretty strong adhesive to hold the battery and back panel in place. You’ll also need to go in from the back if you want to remove the display, which makes cracked screen repairs all the more difficult.

There are a few bright spots in iFixit’s report though. The internal design is pretty impressive, and both camera modules along with the USB-C port are all relatively easy to remove once you get inside. The teardown also revealed that the Nexus 6P’s fingerprint scanner is actually square-shaped, despite the circular cut-out on the phone’s back panel.

If you’re the type of person who’s prone to cracking their smartphone screen, this may not be the phone for you. Then again, you could always just order a protective case for your Nexus 6P and hope for the best.

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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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