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Google Pixel 8: Teardown shows good repairability

A Google Pixel 8 teardown shows good repairability. Especially if the right spare parts are available for 7 years.
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After months of teasers, leaks and rumors, the Google Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro can now at least be pre-ordered. There is also a full teardown video for the base model on the PBKreviews YouTube channel. The video describes in detail how to disassemble a Pixel 8 step by step. The first step is relatively simple – removing the SIM tray. From then on, however, things get increasingly more complicated.

In the end, the Pixel 8 receives a repairability rating of 7 out of 10, with 10 representing very easy repairability and 1 representing very difficult repairs. It is therefore relatively easy to remove and replace components. Nevertheless, you should be sure about what you are doing and have the right tools at hand. Because these are still highly sensitive components.

The Google Pixel 8 has a 6.2-inch OLED display with a resolution of 1,080 x 2,400 pixels and 120 Hz. In addition to a 50 megapixel main camera on the back with OIS, there is also a 12 megapixel ultrawide camera and a 10.5 megapixel selfie camera. It is powered by a Google Tensor G3 chipset with 8 GB of RAM and 128/256 GB of storage. The 4,575 mAh battery charges via cable with 27 watts and wirelessly with 18 watts. The operating system used is the new Android 14, which is already available for various Pixel devices and the first Xiaomi smartphones.

Google Pixel 8: 7 years of spare parts

One of the highlights at the Pixel 8 event was the new expanded software support for this year’s Pixel smartphones. Google promised 7 years of operating system and feature updates. That’s even more than what Apple has to offer for its iOS devices. The only thing that comes close is the Fairphone 5, depending on how you count.

However, there are a few unavoidable weak points in the hardware. Above all, the batteries, which usually become significantly weaker over the years. There is now good news in this regard: In addition to the long software support, Google also promised to offer hardware support for 7 years. Replacement parts for the Pixel 8 and 8 Pro will be available throughout the 7-year period. Unfortunately, Google has not yet announced any details beyond that. The replacement parts are likely to be offered in Europe and India via the official Google website, while Google’s service partner in the USA is iFixit.

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