During the Google I/O developer conference, Google launches its new mid-range smartphone, Google Pixel 3a, and Google Pixel 3a XL. According to Google, these are the first time they are entering into the mid-range market. Today, we have the iFixit team dissects the Pixel 3a to give us a glimpse of what’s inside the phone.
First of all, most of the smartphones require some heat to open the phone’s body. However, Google Pixel 3a able to open easily without heat. This is something unusual in current smartphones. This can be done without the need of iOpener. The trade-off here would be this smartphone will be less waterproof due to the “spongy-easily separated adhesive”
There was a rumor about the display where people says the panel is made by LG. But after iFixit teardown the phone, it is finally confirmed it is not true. Both the Pixel 3a and 3a XL OLED display panel is from Samsung. The display panel connects to the motherboard through a single ribbon cable.
Now, let’s recap what’s inside Google’s Pixel 3a smartphones. Pixel 3a is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 processor. Both these smartphones come with a 64GB internal storage with no external storage support. The same goes for the RAM too. Pixel 3a has a 4GB RAM on both the smaller and larger ones. Other than that, the rear of the phone is made of polycarbonate. Surprisingly, these phones come with the 3.55mm headphone jack which was removed in the previous Pixel devices.
In conclusion, iFixit gives their score for repairability of 6 out of 10. According to iFixit, the ribbon cables are obnoxious to work around and it is very easy to tear off if accidentally pulled. Well, will Google launch Pixel 3a smartphones in Malaysia? Since the beginning till now, Google has not launched any of the Pixel lineups to Malaysia. So if you are expecting to get one, you have to purchase it from Singapore only.