Smartphone-makers like Apple and Samsung don’t want you to repair their devices on your own and apparently Google isn’t any different. A teardown of the newly released Pixel XL 2 reveals that it’s actually harder to fix than last year’s Pixel XL thanks to one key difference: the battery.
A Harder-to-Repair Battery for the Pixel XL 2
According to the gadget repair experts at iFixit, the Pixel XL 2 no longer features the adhesive tabs that make it easy to remove the phone’s built in battery for repairs.
As a result, the Pixel XL 2 scored one point lower than last year’s Pixel XL on iFixit’s repairability scale, earning a 6 out of 10. That’s the same score given to the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus and Apple definitely doesn’t make it easy to fix those devices on your own.
If you’d like to see a video of the teardown, you can check it out below.