New Pixel 3a and 3a XL have already managed not only to test in all possible ways , but also to consider from the inside. Specialists of the popular portal iFixit disassembled and carefully studied the "affordable" smartphones from Google. They found a number of improvements in comparison with older models, which received only 4 points out of 10 for maintainability.
Among the key differences Pixel 3a XL from the usual Pixel 3 XL is a fully plastic case, no cutout in the screen and the use of a less powerful processor. In the case of regular Pixel 3a and Pixel 3, the list of differences is even smaller. Following the results of disassembling the available “pixels” in iFixit, they noted that it is much easier to work with them than with older versions.
In Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL, only standard screws are used, and most of the components inside are modular, which greatly simplifies repair and replacement. The most difficult step in disassembly is the removal of the display unit, which is glued to the rest of the case. This should be done very carefully so as not to damage the thin cable. Also complicates the repair of a large number of thin ribbon cables connecting internal components that can be easily damaged.
During the disassembly, it turned out that the new “pixels” used Samsung OLED screens. True, in the case of a large Pixel 3a XL, in some instances, panels from the Chinese company Tianma may be caught, but in quality they do not differ from South Korean ones.
Despite all the design flaws, Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL received 6 points out of 10 on the maintainability scale.