Want to know how easy and fast it will be to repair the Google Pixel 3a? The recently launched Pixel 3a has the repairability score is 6 out of 10.
The teardown video comes straight from iFixit. The device does score positive in some sections. The Pixel 3a has no IP rating, so the adhesive tapes can be peeled off even without a heat gun. This teardown shows that the device has a poor sealing of back and display.
Also, the display comes from Samsung. The display is a gOLED panel, which is quite thin and poorly supported internally.
Also, it is good to note that the device need only a single T3 Torx screwdriver for removal of all screws. This also makes sure the Pixel 3a has the current repairability score.
Most of the components used inside the Pixel 3a is a modular type. Yes, the USB Type-C port as well, which does fails when used for a long period of time. But, it’s good since you don’t need to either change the PCB or solder the USB port again and again. Just Plug and Play, simple!
Google is playing with money with Pixel 3a, here is the proof.
Now comes the part, where Google is really playing with our money. Well, it has many things inside the device which is not worth the price we are about to pay. The connecting ribbons (no, not this one is not playing with money, but can at a later stage) are way too long, and can get in between while repairing, and can tear off pretty easily.
The Pixel 3a is missing the core camera module of Pixel 3 which is the Visual Core module. This particular module helps the Pixel to process the images faster, which is missing from Pixel 3a. This is the reason why the Pixel 3a takes so much time in image processing.
Another thing, the vibrating motor used in the Pixel 3a is a small, round Linear Resonant Actuator, instead of the premium Precision Haptic Motor.
Now let us summarize where Google is extracting money by providing cheaper quality things.
- Poorly supported Display
- Poor Sealing of the device
- No Visual Core Module,
- Using the Linear Resonant Actuator
Now you decide, whether to be a fanboy or be in the real world.
Source: Android Central