Google Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL are the first two mid-range smartphones Made by Google officially presented a few days ago, the smartphones have been subjected to the usual teardown by iFixit, giving them an overall score of 6/10, so they are easy to repair.
In 2019 we are witnessing many changes in the mid-range of the mobile sector, one of which is the return by various manufacturers to the use of plastic for the back of their smartphones, to the benefit of resistance and cost containment.
Google Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL proved easy to open with classic work tools, even without the use of heat, which would have made it even easier. It is immediately clear therefore why the two new models are not waterproof. The first part of the job is to remove the OLED screen, which can be easily replaced and connected to the motherboard from a single connector. The display of both models, denying the rumors that spoke of gOLED, is a Samsung panel.
All the screws to be removed to access the heart of the device are Torx T3, the cables that lead to the sensors on which the functioning of the Active Edge edges depends has been placed more carefully, putting them away from accidental damage. The battery is held in place by two strips of adhesive material, which make its removal and replacement particularly easy.
After removing and analyzing the photographic sensors and the various chips that animate the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL, the iFixit team praises the modularity of the internal components of the two devices, with particular reference to the USB Type-C port, even more important at the moment there is no wireless charging. The vibration motor is classic, not haptic, but field tests have already shown that it does its job very well.
At the end of the teardown, iFixit gives Google Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL a score of 6/10, praising the ease of replacing the display and battery and the modularity of the internal components, but highlighting negative aspects in relation to the display, which is very thin and poorly supported, and the myriad of connection cables, which could generate some confusion.