iFixit, the world famous firm which makes money off disassembling expensive electronic products are at it again. The latest device to undergo their “teardown therapy” happens to be a an ill fated LG built Google Nexus 4. Yes, the same one that just got released a few hours ago. And what did they find inside? Very interesting things.
First off, we were surprised to see that the Nexus 4, which was famously bashed for not integrating an LTE chip inside it actually comes with one! Thats right. iFixit found that the Nexus 4 does house a Qualcomm WTR1605L Seven-Band 4G LTE chip. Now, it is clear that LG and Google have deliberately gone ahead and disabled LTE on the device for reasons best known to them. Of course, this also opens up doors for modders who can in someway “unlock” the LTE capabilities of the device.
Other things worth noticing was the battery on the device which according to iFixit is a bit “stubborn” and is a pain to take off – thanks to the adhesive that HTC uses to stick it to the body. The rear cover of the phone is unlike most other phones with it containing lots of gadgetry to power the phones’ wireless charging and NFC capabilities.
iFixit gave the Nexus 4 a very decent score of 7 on the repairability front. This is not too bad considering the fact that the device doesn’t come with a removable battery. What goes in favor of the Nexus 4 are its non proprietary screws and the pressure contacts laden innards which makes it a breeze (relatively speaking) to disassemble one.
If you are the kind who takes your gadget porn very seriously, head over to iFixit for some revealing pictures of the Nexus 4.