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Pixel 6a teardown shows off bendy, plastic back, soldered-in USB-C port

The Pixel 6a back is very flexible.

Enlarge / The Pixel 6a back is very flexible. (credit: PBK Review)

What’s in the Pixel 6a? PBK Reviews has gotten ahold of the device and ripped it apart. It features fairly basic innards for a fairly basic phone.

The screen is glued on and has plastic reinforcement clips. Once that’s heated up and pried off, you’ll be greeted with a large graphite heat sink. Like the bigger Pixel 6s, the motherboard has the USB-C port soldered onto it, which will make repairs on the port more difficult than a plug-in solution.

The back is plastic and comes off just like the front, with some glue and plastic clips to defeat. Once you pry the back off the frame, it’s super bendy. There’s also a suspiciously large cutout in the Pixel 6a frame that PBK Reviews says was at one point meant for wireless charging, but the phone never shipped with that feature.

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