Google Pixel 6a disassembled on video

Google started taking pre-orders for the Pixel 6a yesterday, and official sales are set to begin on July 28. Announced in May, the Pixel 6a represents an interesting departure from the ‘a’ line, in that it uses the same Tensor SoC as the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, while being cheaper than both.

If you’ve ever wanted to take a peek inside the Pixel 6a, today is your lucky day, because YouTube channel PBK Reviews has done it, on video, for your viewing pleasure. This is a step-by-step teardown of the new phone, revealing all of its innards.

It starts with a very nasty surprise that the unit in question is loaded with the camera lens frame and back panel scratched and dented. Fortunately, the screen was in good condition, as it is protected by a sheet of paper, but this is clearly a very serious quality control problem at the factory.

In any case, the first step in teardown is to remove the screen, which reveals that the fingerprint sensor is attached to the display panel. There’s a large piece of graphite inside the Pixel 6a to transfer heat, and removing the battery is easier than other Pixels. Then it’s the motherboard’s turn to be removed, with the USB-C port soldered onto it, making repairs difficult. The good news for mid-range smartphone enthusiasts is that this phone has a physical proximity sensor. Be sure to watch the video above for all the details and aspects that earned it a solid 7/10 score.

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