Google Pixel 4 XL scores negative on repair test

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Google Pixel 4 XL scores negative on repair test

The Pixel 4 XL is the latest smartphone. premium released by Google. Device has already passed site repair test iFixit, and got a negative grade, being awarded 4 points out of 10 possible.

Difficult screen repairs, excess glue or glass backing lower your repair rate. While water resistance decreases certain potential repair requests, it can also help to complicate matters.

Google Pixel 4 XL
Credit: iFixit

Pixel 4 XL negative points:

  • Repairing a screen remains difficult as it requires complete disassembly of the device;
  • All repairs require access to the “excessively glued” rear panel;
  • Front and rear glass doubles the potential for damage in a fall;
  • Water resistance complicates repairs, but can also make them less common.

Something that stands out in Pixel 4 XL (and Pixel 4) is that it doesn't have any kind of notch or hole, but it doesn't have a reduced top margin either. This is due to the fact that Google has its face unlock on that site and also the Soli radar technology that allows the use of gesture smartphone (Motion Sense).

As you can see in the image below, it is still interesting how Google managed to employ so much in such a small space. To get a sense of its size, the radar is the small green rectangle on the right side.

Google Pixel 4 XL
Credit: iFixit

Changing the Pixel 4 XL screen is an almost impossible task

Removing the screen is, as this test shows, an almost impossible task for any repairer. You will need to disassemble the smartphone almost completely to remove a screen that has large amounts of adhesive.

With a repair level of 4 out of 10, the Pixel 4 XL is far from being the most repairable smartphone in the world. This is one thing to keep in mind if you are considering purchasing the new smartphone from Google. Note that the iPhone 11 Pro Max received a score of 6 out of 10 in this same test.

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