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What’s inside the Nexus 6?

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Google started selling its latest flagship smartphone Nexus 6 earlier this month, and unlike last two years, Google went to Motorola this time for its flagship smartphone. The phone has received reasonably impressive review, but have you wondered what s inside the device? The folks at iFixit have torn the device apart to reveal how repair-friendly it really is. Also Read - Google Play Store announces blanket ban on Sugar Daddy apps over sexual content

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According to the iFixit guys, the Nexus 6 is a lot repair friendly. Much like the LG-made Nexus 5 from last year, the back of the phone still doesn t have any screws attached to the handset. They however did note that the back cover has been stuck to the phone with mild glue. One can still not open it without tools, but it isn t as hard to open either. Also Read - Fake Battlegrounds Mobile India (BGMI) Lite APK links going viral on the internet: How to spot them

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Once the rear cover has been set loose, you get to see an abundant amount of screws the company has used to attach different components together. The battery has an elongated circularly inductive charging coil placed on top of it. This coil helps to convert the AC current to DC to power charge the 3,220mAh battery. The good news is that the non-removable battery isn t really that hard to remove and swap, if required.

Moving to the camera, iFixit found the dual-LED flash directed at two different directions. There is also a cover on top of the circular camera lens that helps the light guide for the LEDs, which gives an impression of a ring flash. The device employs Sony Exmor IMX 214 CMOS image sensor, which coincidentally the same as in OnePlus One.

They note that the display is still fused to the digitizer glass, which makes it a difficult task to get the screen out. In case you have to replace it, you will be required to swap a lot of things. Long story short, it won t be a cheap replacement if you cracked your phone’s screen.

The motherboard underneath the device resembles a lot like the new Moto X, which isn t as surprising since Motorola has made the new Nexus. Qualcomm s Snapdragon 805 processor is paired with 3GB of LPDDR3 RAM made by SK Hynix H9CKNNNDBTMTAR, and it comes bundled with SanDisk s SDIN9DW4-32G 32GB eMMC NAND Flash. The LTE Modem, RF Transceiver, and Receive-Only Companion Chip are also supplied by Qualcomm. On the speaker front, the company has used Speaker Grille RGB LED, but for some reason, has tried to hide the LED. It comes paired with NXP TFA9890A Audio Amplifier.

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Overall, iFixit was fairly impressed with the setup. They found that modular components such as cameras, buttons, headphone jack are easy to replace. The phone uses a single type of screw on the phone, though it is pretty uncommon size. It found less use of glues inside the device, which is a good thing if you ever need to replace a component. The iFixit team gave the Nexus 6 a reparability score of 7 out of 10. That s impressive.

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  • Published Date: November 24, 2014 8:21 PM IST


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