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The phablet wars continue. Today we welcome the Nexus 6. A joint collaboration between Google and Motorola, the Nexus 6 is being hailed as the iPhone 6 Plus's brother from an Android mother. What innovations lay hidden inside the Nexus 6? Join us as we find out!

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Cette vue éclatée n'est pas un tutoriel de réparation. Pour réparer votre Nexus 6, utilisez notre manuel de réparation.

  1. Nexus 6 Tech Specs: 5.96" display with a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels (493 ppi) 2.7 GHz Quad core Krait 450 CPU (Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 SOC) + Adreno 420 GPU, with 3 GB RAM
    • Nexus 6 Tech Specs:

    • 5.96" display with a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels (493 ppi)

    • 2.7 GHz Quad core Krait 450 CPU (Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 SOC) + Adreno 420 GPU, with 3 GB RAM

    • 32 or 64 GB of internal storage

    • Android 5.0 Lollipop

    • 802.11ac 2x2 (MIMO) + Bluetooth 4.1 + NFC

    • 3220 mAh "non-removable" battery

    • 13 MP rear-facing camera with Optical Image Stabilization + 2 MP front-facing camera

  2. The Nexus 6 has a central rear-facing camera that looks like it might have some interesting flash action hidden alongside. More on this later... The top of the phone is decked with a 3.5 mm headphone jack and a seemingly out-of-place nano SIM card slot.
    • The Nexus 6 has a central rear-facing camera that looks like it might have some interesting flash action hidden alongside.

    • More on this later...

    • The top of the phone is decked with a 3.5 mm headphone jack and a seemingly out-of-place nano SIM card slot.

    • The bottom houses the Micro USB port, along with the obligatory FCC markings, leaving the back of the phone jargon free.

  3. Begun, the Clone War has. Three companies produce two phablets and we hold them up in the same hand to compare their size. Thanks to a thinner bezel, you get more screen real estate with the Nexus 6, with only a slightly larger chassis.
    • Begun, the Clone War has.

    • Three companies produce two phablets and we hold them up in the same hand to compare their size. Thanks to a thinner bezel, you get more screen real estate with the Nexus 6, with only a slightly larger chassis.

    • Nexus 6: 82.98 mm x 159.26 mm x 10.06 mm

    • iPhone 6 Plus: 77.8 mm x 158.1 mm x 7.1 mm

  4. With no visible screws on the rear cover, we resort to opening picks to pry or slide our way in. The bad: No simple clips on this cover, looks like your fingernails won't be enough for this job.  The good: The adhesive securing the cover is relatively mild, once the pick sneaks into the seam, the cover can be peeled up.
    • With no visible screws on the rear cover, we resort to opening picks to pry or slide our way in.

    • The bad: No simple clips on this cover, looks like your fingernails won't be enough for this job.

    • The good: The adhesive securing the cover is relatively mild, once the pick sneaks into the seam, the cover can be peeled up.

    • The ugly: Removing the rear cover still doesn't provide access to internal components. At least we now have visual confirmation of screws, a whole legion of them.

  5. Time to take out the (oh-so-many) screws. 22 T3 Torx screws present themselves, and silently await our precision driver. We've spotted a secret door! With a secret connector! We've learned to check for these, and disconnect them in advance, just in case.
    • Time to take out the (oh-so-many) screws. 22 T3 Torx screws present themselves, and silently await our precision driver.

    • We've spotted a secret door! With a secret connector!

    • We've learned to check for these, and disconnect them in advance, just in case.

    • A shiny copper coil catches our eye through the holey midframe. We'll be sure to investigate that once we get it cracked...

  6. The Nexus is finally ready to reveal its secrets. Looks like that mystery connector belonged to the battery! With cables decoupled, it's suddenly delightfully apparent why there were so many screws in the midframe. The Nexus 6 practically falls apart into two halves; the midframe/battery assembly, and the display/motherboard assembly.
    • The Nexus is finally ready to reveal its secrets. Looks like that mystery connector belonged to the battery!

    • With cables decoupled, it's suddenly delightfully apparent why there were so many screws in the midframe. The Nexus 6 practically falls apart into two halves; the midframe/battery assembly, and the display/motherboard assembly.

    • Thanks to loads of screws, we don't have to deal with any adhesive, or even any tricky plastic clips.

  7. Would you look at that! The shiny copper from before is an inductive charging coil! (Maybe this'll catch on after all). Quick inductive charging refresher: an inductive charging station drives an alternating current through a coil. The current moving back and forth in the base coil generates and collapses a magnetic field, which induces a current flow in the coil in the device. This AC current is then rectified into DC power to charge the battery.
    • Would you look at that! The shiny copper from before is an inductive charging coil! (Maybe this'll catch on after all).

    • Quick inductive charging refresher: an inductive charging station drives an alternating current through a coil. The current moving back and forth in the base coil generates and collapses a magnetic field, which induces a current flow in the coil in the device. This AC current is then rectified into DC power to charge the battery.

    • Peeling the coil off lets us get a look at the 3.8 V, 3220 mAh (12.2 Wh) battery.

    • That's a step above the iPhone 6 Plus's 11.1 Wh, but it looks like the Nexus battery life doesn't benefit much.

    • For a "non-removable" battery, that wasn't so hard.

  8. As we continue our trek, we get to investigate that flash assembly a bit closer. The Nexus 6 takes the dual LED flash in a different direction—two different directions, really.
    • As we continue our trek, we get to investigate that flash assembly a bit closer.

    • The Nexus 6 takes the dual LED flash in a different direction—two different directions, really.

    • The circular camera lens cover acts as a light guide for two flanking LEDs, mimicking a ring flash. Neat!

  9. First peek at the motherboard brings back memories of the Moto X; big, green and lots of tiny EMI shields. We easily pluck out the rear- and front-facing cameras with a pair of tweezers. The Nexus 6 is certainly no slouch when it comes to cameras. The 13 MP rear-facing camera sports a  Sony Exmor IMX 214 CMOS image sensor (Also found in the OnePlus One).
    • First peek at the motherboard brings back memories of the Moto X; big, green and lots of tiny EMI shields.

    • We easily pluck out the rear- and front-facing cameras with a pair of tweezers.

    • The Nexus 6 is certainly no slouch when it comes to cameras. The 13 MP rear-facing camera sports a Sony Exmor IMX 214 CMOS image sensor (Also found in the OnePlus One).

    • The Nexus 6 also features optical image stabilization, just like the iPhone 6 Plus, which makes for sharper photos.

  10. After freeing the motherboard from the display assembly, we spy a lone IC: Atmel MXT640T CCU 1424D TW QLR64 Touchscreen Controller
    • After freeing the motherboard from the display assembly, we spy a lone IC:

    • Atmel MXT640T CCU 1424D TW QLR64 Touchscreen Controller

    • And that's it! The display assembly is bare and free of extra components, after a fairly easy jaunt to the center of the Nexus.

    • Even though it was easy to get here, the display is still fused to the digitizer glass—it won't be a cheap replacement part if you crack your screen.

  11. Finally, the part we've all been waiting for! Let's identify some of the ICs that power this Nexus:
    • Finally, the part we've all been waiting for! Let's identify some of the ICs that power this Nexus:

    • SK Hynix H9CKNNNDBTMTAR 24 Gb (3 GB) LPDDR3 RAM, with Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 SoC layered underneath

    • Qualcomm PMA8084 Power Management IC

    • SanDisk SDIN9DW4-32G 32 GB eMMC NAND Flash

    • Qualcomm MDM9625M LTE Modem

    • Qualcomm WTR1625L RF Transceiver

    • Qualcomm WFR1620 Receive-Only Companion Chip

    • Texas Instruments TMS320C55 Digital Signal Processor

  12. Even more ICs: Qualcomm SMB1359
    • Even more ICs:

    • Qualcomm SMB1359

    • Broadcom BCM4356 802.11ac + Bluetooth 4.1 IC

    • RF Micro Devices RF7389EU F14NRC2 Envelope Tracking Power Amplifier

    • Speaker Grille RGB LED

    • For some reason, Motorola decided to keep this LED a secret.

    • NXP TFA9890A Audio Amplifier

    • Qualcomm QFE1100 Envelope Tracking IC

    • But wait there's more! Motorola is touting its Turbo Charger, boasting enough charge for 6 hours of use in just 15 minutes of charging.

    • Compatible with Qualcomm's new Quick Charge 2.0 tech, the Motorola Turbo Charger lists three different output options: 5 V at 1.6 A, 9 V at 1.6 A, and 12 V at 1.2 A.

    • Sounds like there's nothing snailish about this Turbo, but really there's only one way to find out...

    • ...And that's by slicing our way in with a rotary tool!

  13. On the one side, amidst wads of epoxy, we find a transformer surrounded by some plain jane capacitors, voltage regulators, and a USB port. On the other side, amid a sea of solder and surface mount components:
    • On the one side, amidst wads of epoxy, we find a transformer surrounded by some plain jane capacitors, voltage regulators, and a USB port.

    • On the other side, amid a sea of solder and surface mount components:

    • A bridge rectifier, responsible for converting AC to DC

    • Dialogue iW1760B Power Supply Controller, clearly the brains of the operation

  14. Motorola Nexus 6 Repairability Score: 7 out of 10 (10 is easiest to repair). Pressure contacts and cable connectors make the modular components (cameras, buttons, headphone jack) easy to replace.
    • Motorola Nexus 6 Repairability Score: 7 out of 10 (10 is easiest to repair).

    • Pressure contacts and cable connectors make the modular components (cameras, buttons, headphone jack) easy to replace.

    • The Nexus 6 uses a single kind of screw, although it's a fairly uncommon size (T3).

    • Many many screws hold the midframe in place—this makes its removal somewhat tedious, but also means no clips or adhesive are needed to secure it to the front panel.

    • The glued-in battery is less accessible than we'd like, but it can be replaced.

    • Several components (vibrator, SIM slot, speaker, USB port) are soldered directly to the motherboard and will be more difficult to replace than if they were connected by cable.

    • The digitizer is fused to the display, increasing repair costs for a cracked screen, but it is easy to get to the bare display assembly.

41 commentaires

Step 12, the chip above the orange one, Broadcom BCM20795 NFC controller chip.

Frank Chen - Réponse

So is it possible to put back the back cover or it need some kind of glue ?

th3d3vi0us - Réponse

It's still pretty sticky, so it ought to go back on and stay without any additional adhesive.

Andrew Optimus Goldheart -

I'm struggling to stick mine back on, what adhesive can I use?

Zaidoun Haddad -

Is it possible to upgrade to upgrade the storage?

Collin Corcoran - Réponse

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