The Pixel 7 Pro teardown shows that Google still cares little about repairability

It’s as repairable as a Pixel 6 Pro, which isn’t saying much


Google has finally launched the Pixel 7 and the Pixel 7 Pro. It has many internal upgrades, such as the new Tensor G2 SoC and, in the case of the Pixel 7 Pro, a new improved zoom imaging system. It is almost certain that you will earn a spot in everyone’s shortlist of the best Android phones. But if you’d like to take a closer look at the inside of the phone before it reaches your hands, you can, thanks to a new teardown video. But spoiler alert: if you expect it to be easier to fix than its predecessor, you’ll be very disappointed.


YouTube channel PBKreviews has ripped apart Google’s latest flagship smartphone, showing its guts for the world to see. And if you’ve ever seen a Pixel 6 Pro disassemble, it’s a similar story. The phone opens from the front revealing a motherboard protected by a metal shield.

That’s not strange at all, of course – the Pixel 6 Pro and Pixel 7 Pro are very similar in appearance and even in some parts, so it should come as no surprise that they also look the same on the inside.

Overall, this YouTube channel gives the Pixel 7 Pro a 5.5/10 in terms of recoverability. Breaking down the score, the reviewer notes that screen replacements are relatively easy and so are finding parts for the device. However, replacing batteries can be a bit complicated and replacing other parts like the charging port can be difficult because the charging port is soldered to the motherboard.

It’s not impossible to fix, but it goes to show that Google hasn’t improved things at all since the Pixel 6 Pro, which has the exact same 5.5/10 score as its successor. Competitors like Samsung’s Galaxy S22, on the other hand, are easier to fix, as that phone received a 7.5/10 rating in a similar teardown. We hope for further improvement in this regard once the Pixel 8 arrives.

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