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Nexus 6P teardown shows it's tricky to repair

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Google's new flagship smartphone, the Nexus 6P, has received the teardown treatment.

The Huawei-built 5.7-inch Android phone has only just hit the market, but as is the internet's way, it's already been given a thorough internal examination.

Repair website iFixit is well known for its exacting teardown procedures, and it's offered its verdict on the Nexus 6P.

According to the report, the Nexus 6P is one of the most difficult smartphones to breakdown, with a repairability score of just 2 out of 10.

A large part of that difficulty can be attributed to the Nexus 6P's unibody design - a first for the series. Initial access is granted by peeling away the small plastic panel across its bottom and the glass camera visor (tricky) to access the appropriate screws.

Once inside, the team found that the Nexus 6P's internals are effectively clumped together into one mass assembly - a nightmare for any potential repair job.

In particular, the lack of a discrete display assembly means that replacing damaged screens will be a real job.

Related: Nexus 5X vs Nexus 6P: What's the difference?

All in all, the Nexus 6P is right down there with the HTC One M9 on the 'difficult-to-repair' scale. It's well below its little brother, the Nexus 5X, which received a healthy score of 7 out of 10 - but then the two phones are actually very different, having been made by different manufacturers.

Of course, from another perspective, this goes to show that Huawei has built a really tight, cohesive smartphone in the Nexus 6P. Just don't drop it.

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