Google Pixel 4 XL iFixit Teardown Highlights Repairability Struggles, Pixel 4 Also Disassembled in a Video

Google Pixel 4 XL iFixit Teardown Highlights Repairability Struggles, Pixel 4 Also Disassembled in a Video

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Google Pixel 4 XL holds the back panel with strong adhesive

  • Google Pixel 4 XL has a Samsung-made display panel
  • Pixel 4 XL and Pixel 4 both hide Soli chip just above the display
  • RAM of Pixel 4 XL seems to hide the Pixel Neural Core chip

  • Google Pixel 4 XL

  • Google Pixel 4

Google Pixel 4 XL is complicated to repair, DIY repair geeks at iFixit have noticed while covering its teardown. The phone has glass panels on its front and back that not just make it a fragile piece of hardware but also a difficult to repair flagship. The fresh teardown also shows that the Soli chip that Google has offered on the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL to enable the highly compelling Motion Sense functionality sits alongside the earpiece speaker unit available at the front. Separately, a teardown video of the Pixel 4 has also been published on YouTube shows how difficult it is to repair.

The iFixit teardown coverage of the Google Pixel 4 XL shows that it carries “mercifully thin but strong” adhesive to hold the back glass panel. The back panel also includes the wireless charging coil and NFC coil. Once the panel removed, there are Torx screws covering the battery connectors.

Similar to the Google Pixel 3 XL₹ 55,799, the Pixel 4 XL has its battery pack stuck with ample amount of adhesives. However, it’s easy to remove the battery after detaching the glues. A delicate Active Edge flex cable is also available just underneath that can accidentally be slicked while taking out the battery. Further, the Pixel 4 battery is found to be slightly smaller in capacity with 14.24Wh cell over the 15.04Wh cell powering the iPhone 11 Pro Max₹ 109,900 and 16.56Wh cell available on the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+.

Google has provided the Pixel Neural Core chip on the Pixel 4 phones for performing enhanced, on-device deep learning and machine learning tasks. The iFixit team didn’t find a dedicated chip on the motherboard. Nevertheless, it is believed that the RAM on the Pixel 4 XL could include the Pixel Neural Core chip underneath. There is also the Pixel H1C2M3 Titan M security chip for adding additional user safety to the handset.