THE HUAWEI-BUILT Nexus 6P is near-impossible to repair, the first teardown of the device has revealed.
The teardown comes courtesy of iFixit, naturally, which had a pretty tough time pulling the metal-clad Nexus to pieces.
This struggle was down largely to the smartphone's aluminium unibody case, which required a "curved razor blade, safety glasses and prayers" to pull apart and risked damaging the glass camera cover in the process.
"It's very difficult, although not impossible, to open the device without damaging the glass camera cover," iFixit said. "Because of the unibody design, this makes every component extremely difficult to replace."
iFixit said: "The display assembly cannot be replaced without tunneling through the entire phone. This makes one of most common repairs, a damaged screen, difficult to accomplish."
Getting all the components out to do so a chore too, thanks to Huawei's use of huge amounts of glue in constructing the device.
The Nexus 6P does have some redeeming features, though. iFixit said in the teardown that the internal design is pretty impressive, and that both camera modules and the USB-C port are all relatively easy to remove once you get inside.
The teardown also revealed that the Nexus 6P’s fingerprint scanner is actually square, despite the circular cut-out on the smartphone's rear.
Still, these positives weren't enough to gain the Nexus 6P a good overall score. iFixit gave it a two out of 10 repairability grade, compared with seven out of 10 for the cheaper Nexus 5X, although noted that its solid construction should make for a durable device. µ
Might need to come up with a better name though
There's an app for *that*
American as Apple Spy