The team over at iFixit have taken the time to tear down Google's Nexus 6and see just what's inside, as well as how easy it is for owners to do some DIY when things go wrong. The Nexus 6 itself comes with a high build quality, coupled with high-end specifications and Android 5.0 Lollipop for a premium user experience.
The smartphone has been awarded a respectable 7 out of 10 for repairability, meaning the Nexus 6 is just as easy to repair as Apple's latest iPhone 6 Plus. The mobile device uses a single type of screw – albeit a fairly uncommon size – making it slightly more convenient for the user to get inside, and since screws hold the mid-frame in place, there are no clips or adhesive to get through. Also, screws. Lots and lots of screws.
The battery can be replaced, but be prepared to fiddle with the glue attaching the power plant to the phone itself. Unfortunately, some of the components will prove difficult to replace (vibrator, SIM slot, speaker, USB port) as they're soldered directly to the board. Lastly, the digitizer is fused to the display, increasing repair costs should the screen receive significant damage.
And here's a list of Nexus 6 components that produce the magic displayed on-screen:
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 SoC
- SK Hynix H9CKNNNDBTMTAR 24 Gb (3 GB) LPDDR3 RAM
- Qualcomm PMA8084 Power Management IC
- SanDisk SDIN9DW4-32G 32 GB eMMC NAND Flash
- Qualcomm MDM9625M LTE Modem
- Qualcomm WTR1625L RF Transceiver
- Qualcomm WFR1620 Receive-Only Companion Chip
- Texas Instruments TMS320C55 Digital Signal Processor
- RF Micro Devices RF7389EU F14NRC2 Envelope Tracking IC
- Broadcom BCM4356 802.11ac + Bluetooth 4.1 IC
- Atmel MXT640T CCU 1424D TW QLR64 Touchscreen Controller
- Dialogue iW1760B Power Supply Controller
Interested for more? Check out the link below to read through the full iFixit report.