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Google Pixel XL gets iFixit teardown with little HTC showing

Google's first smartphone release scores lower in repairability than Apple's iPhone 7.
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iFixit has published its teardown of the Google Pixel XL (Image: iFixit).

iFixit has published its teardown of the Pixel XL, the first smartphone designed in-house at Google that began shipping last week to positive reviews.

The teardown didn't reveal anything earth shattering about the 5.5-inch Pixel XL, but it did score lower in repairability than the competing iPhone 7. Even though the Pixel line doesn't have a home button, it's harder to access the inside of the devices.

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Despite its lower repairability, iFixit said the Pixel XL has many modular components that can be replaced if needed.

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(Image: iFixit)

Further, Google isn't joking around about self-branding its Pixel lineup. iFixit only found one place HTC, the manufacturing partner for the Pixel, was mentioned on the battery.

iFixit cautioned about the Pixel's flexibility -- especially around the display.

Google released the Pixel smartphone lineup earlier this month on Verizon and Google Play. It ships with a pure Google experience, including Google Assistant -- the search engine's fresh take on AI.

You can view the full teardown of the Google Pixel on iFixit.

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