What you need to know
- Pixel 4 XL users have reported spontaneous peeling of the rear panel.
- The problem has been attributed to a swelling of the rear battery that causes it to bulge and weaken the glue that holds the panel to the rest of the phone.
- Reports on social media claim this is a known issue of the Pixel 4 XL, but we've reached out to Google for clarity.
According to a Redditor claiming to work as a general manager for uBreakiFix, the issue here stems primarily from the battery swelling.
Writing on one of the complaints, he says:
Swelling batteries in smartphones are a hazard, one that could lead to fires if left unattended for too long. If this is due to a design flaw with the Pixel 4 XL line in general, it would not be a good look for Google.
We've reached out to Google to see if this report is broadly accurate, and will update the story when we know more.
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