An iFixit Teardown finds a mystery Notification Light in the Nexus 6

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The Google Nexus 6 is Google’s latest Flagship, and unlike the Nexus 5 and the Nexus 4, it is priced high off-contract, and is meant to be bought carrier-locked.

To see just what is whirring inside this 6 inch beast of a Phone, iFixit has torn down the Nexus 6. It has some interesting findings.

Firstly, this Smartphone is pretty repairable, with the glued in Battery pretty easy to remove without hassle. There are a lot of screws in the Build, and most of the screws are of the same type.

But some components are soldered on and are harder to repair. The screen is where the Nexus 6 is the least repairable, with the digitizer fused to the Screen.

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Underneath, all the components are accounted for, and are just what Google promised they are.  But there is one curious oddity in the Nexus 6, and that is a mysterious Notification Light that is apparently present for no purpose whatsoever, as Motorola hasn’t previously mentioned the presence of it.

It is a RGB LED Light, and is hidden under the speaker grille.

Other than the mystery Notification Light, the Nexus 6 Teardown was pretty unventful. iFixit gave the Nexus 6 a score of 7/10, with the Nexus 6 losing points on the Battery, the soldered Components and the Scree.

So what do you think of the Nexus 6 Teardown? What do you think might be the reason why Motorola chose to keep the LED Light a secret?



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