As per tradition with every new flagship smartphone, iFixit carried out its teardown of the Google Pixel 3 XL. The teardown revealed several new additions to the Pixel 3 that are in line with the phone’s spec sheet. The iFixit team came across the new Google Titan M Security chip, the same Pixel Visual Core as the Pixel 2 XL’s, and the most interesting find: a Samsung AMOLED display.
Google’s transition from LG to Samsung’s more vibrant and saturated displays is a welcome change. Last year, the Pixel 2 XL’s used an LG OLED display that underperformed compared to other phones out at the time.
After examining the Pixel 3’s construction — which included copious amounts of glue for the rear glass panel — iFixit gave Google’s new flagship a “repairability” score of 4 out of 10, which isn’t great. If you ever plan on taking apart a Pixel 3 yourself, have some patience and a spare phone.