The Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro, Google’s flagship smartphones that were just released, are covered by iFixit’s self-repair program. But as 9to5Google recently noted, replacing the parts on these phones will cost more than it did for the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro.
In addition to offering premium replacement parts and tools, iFixit is well-known for its thorough breakdowns and repair instructions for a wide range of devices. Google made available the official Diagnostic App and manuals for the Pixel 8 and 8 Pro earlier this month. These resources make it simple for users to diagnose and resolve common problems with their phones. The screen, rear case, battery, and cameras are among the repair parts for the Pixel 8 and 8 Pro that iFixit has now added to its inventory.
The repair parts for the Pixel 8 and 8 Pro are more expensive than those for the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro, as can be seen on the iFixit website. This is likely due to the higher cost of the components and the more challenging nature of the repair procedure. For example, the Pixel 8’s screen costs $13 (as of today) more than the Pixel 7’s screen, which has a lower brightness and a refresh rate of 90 Hz. The Pixel 8’s screen also has a higher refresh rate of 120 Hz.
But with the Pixel 8 Pro, things become even more fascinating. The triple camera system, which is available for $40 more as a single unit than the Pixel 7 Pro’s camera assembly with repair kit, is the most noticeable modification. The replacement battery for the Pixel 7 Pro, which costs a little more than that of the Pixel 8 Pro, is an interesting detail, though.
Google has made a good step with the availability of repair parts for the Pixel 8 and 8 Pro as well as their repairability. By giving users the ability to fix their phones on their own, it may help them save money and cut down on electronic waste. However, some do-it-yourselfers might be put off by the price increases for some parts, especially the cameras.