Ron Amadeo

Google’s new flagship smartphones, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, are out today.
In the life of any major smartphone, there comes a time when it must hit iFixit’s workbench for a teardown, and for the 2 XL, today is that day.
The site found a few surprises inside the Pixel 2 XL.

First up is a magnesium mid-frame, which should make the phone extra stiff.

The mid-frame is also housing a heat pipe for better cooling, which seems to be showing up more and more in smartphones. Under X-Ray, you can see that, like the smaller Pixel 2, the Pixel 2 XL does have antenna bands, but they’re invisible on the 2 XL.
It is also nice to see the “Active Edge” pressure sensors, which allow you to squeeze the phone to call up the Google Assistant.
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