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Video: Taking apart a Google Pixel 8a was tricky.

  • Updated: 22 May 2024
  • | Google
Snippet: It wasn't easy, but we managed to take apart the Google Pixel 8a in a video.

The Pixel 8a is designed to work for at least seven years, with Google promising to provide software updates during that time. They also promise to make replacement parts available until the early 2030s. But if you needed to fix one yourself, how difficult would it be?

Taking off the plastic back cover is easy, and you don't even have to do that if you just want to change the protective glass over the cameras. Then there are some screws you need to remove, but after that, there's a problem.

The battery is stuck strongly to the frame with glue, so it's hard to take out, even with alcohol.

Interestingly, there are no special cooling systems inside the Pixel 8a, just some graphite and copper film and thermal pads. This might be a problem because the Tensor G3 chipset inside can get hot. The basic cooling system isn't enough. You can read more about this in our hands-on review.

The Pixel 8a got a low score for repairability mainly because of the battery. But at least you don't have to remove the back to change the screen, which makes that process easier.