Google’s feisty $450 midranger – the new Pixel 6a – has undergone the teardown treatment before it has even been released to the public as the launch is scheduled for later this week. The indefatigable PBK disassembler used the weekend to tear into a Pixel 6a and gave it very good repairability score of 7/10, better than the 5.5/10 score that the Google Pixel 6 Pro got on account of its harder to pry off components like the battery unit.
The battery came out very easily as, thankfully, its center wasn’t glued as well like it is on the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. Moreover, Google’s using clips to attach the display instead of copious amount of adhesive only and the panel can also be removed with relative ease.
The phones enjoys a “3D thermoformed composite” plastic back that can be unglued, too, and means that the Pixel 6a is a phone you won’t have to baby all the time like most glass-y handsets of today.
The only ho-hum aspect in terms of repairability is the USB-C charging port that is soldered to the mainboard together with Google’s Tensor chipset and all other silicon paraphernalia, so if you break the port you may be in for a larger repair than needed.
Unfortunately, the teardown began with finding some debris in the brand new Google Pixel 6a box and some scratches on said plastic rear and camera lens bezel. Hopefully, such mishaps won’t be happening on a regular basis to early adopters, as it would once again indicate quality control omissions on part of the assembly partners that Google works with over its Pixel phones.