Nexus 5X, along with its bigger sibling 6P, was recently unveiled by Google. As expected, folks from iFixit have cracked into the latest Nexus phone to provide consumers the initial glimpse at the insides of Google's flagship device as well as a few observations as to how repairable it is.
The teardown has revealed the Nexus 5X, which was built by LG, is pretty easy to repair and houses Qualcomm's Quick Charge chip.
"Today we’re looking at the Nexus 5X — successor to the Nexus 5 which impressed us with its modular design and ease of access," writes iFixit on a post.
The Nexus 5X currently does not have a Quick Charge feature. However, this teardown attests it is equipped with the ability to support the feature in the future, since it houses the Qualcomm SMB1358, Quick Charge 2.0 IC. Given the fact the 5X's USB-Type C connector is supported by Qualcomm, a possibility exists that this feature could soon be activated for the device.
Garnering a score of seven out of 10 from iFixit, the Nexus 5X is also easily repairable. One of the reasons why it is deemed easy to repair is because several of the phone's components are modular, suggesting if some parts break, these can be replaced individually. Standard Phillips screws are also used, which means a usual Phillips screw driver is all that is necessary to open the device.
The teardown has shown, however, that the display assembly is fused, which the group considers a drawback. This means, if the glass or the LCD breaks, these two will need to be replaced together.
"The battery isn't user accessible," says iFixit, adding that it is, however, not challenging to replace.
Additionally, if the device's USB-C port fails, it will possibly entail a brand new motherboard since it is soldered into it, according to iFixit.
In the meantime, apart from the Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 chipset which powers the Nexus 5X, some other components which are noteworthy include a Samsung-made 2 GB LPDDR3 RAM module, a Sony IMX377 12.3 MP rear camera sensor and a Toshiba-made eMMC 5.0 Flash Memory module. Of course, it also touts the Nexus Imprint fingerprint reader.
Watch the Nexus 5X Teardown Review below.