Nexus 6P is tougher to repair than iPhone 6s and Nexus 5X

Nexus 6P teardown

The team over at iFixit is back today with the teardown of the Huawei-made Google Nexus 6P. If the premium unibody aluminium construction of the handset had not already made it clear, the tear down from iFixit definitely does: the Nexus 6P is a very tough phone to repair.

Accessing the innards of the phone itself was a challenge for iFixit, and they note that opening the device without breaking the rear camera glass is a very tough job — if not impossible. The tear down reveals that unlike other recent phones that were pried open by the iFixit team, the Nexus 6P internal component are basically glued together as one mega-sized component.

Nexus 6P teardown internals

Interestingly, even though the Nexus Imprint scanner on the back of the Nexus 6P is circular in shape, the actual fingerprint sensor is square with circular edges.

In the end, the iFixit team gives the Nexus 6P a repairability score of 2 out of 10. The team notes that opening the phone itself is a very tough process, though it does give one immediate access to the 3,450mAh battery. Additionally, a display replacement will require tunnelling through the whole phone — a very risky process in its own. This score is lower than the iPhone 6s and Nexus 5X, which got a repairability score of 7 out of 10.

If you are prone to dropping your phone and abusing it, make sure to grab the Nexus Protect plan while buying the Nexus 6P from the Google Store to save yourself money in repairing the phone down the line.

[Via iFixit]