Dismembering the Google Pixel 3 XL gave us quite a fright. The display-first design we saw in the Pixel 2 has unexpectedly disappeared! But what really shocked us was discovering the all-new Samsung AMOLED panel. (Jury’s out on whether Google severed their display relationship with LG, or if they’re just double-sourcing their screens.) Along with this new display, it seems like the Pixel has been hanging out with the troublemaking Galaxy line, leaving it with familiar-looking antenna assemblies, a stubborn battery, and a tough-to-replace display.
Not only will swapping a cracked screen require a complete phone disassembly, but you’ve gotta think about the back now, too. The Pixel 2 XL’s rear glass covered 20% of the phone—the Pixel 3 XL’s rear panel is 100% crackable. All told, the Pixel earned a haunting 4/10 on our repairability scale—a full two points less than the Pixel 2. Spooky!
A few more Gluegle Pixel 3 XL Teardown highlights:
If your pupils want even more Pixel-pleasure, you can view the full teardown here. You can also check out our video-version of the teardown down below.