Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro teardown videos show extensive heat dissipation and poor mmWave antenna placement


Pixel 6 Pro and Pixel 6 phones have undergone extensive teardowns to reveal their insides and demonstrate their repairability. The teardowns were done by PBK Reviews and while the internals of the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro are almost the same, there are a few key differences that the videos highlight. The two phones are bundled with a lot of heat dissipation and the teardown also shows the mmWave layout. The videos mainly focus on the repairability of the two phones, and both the screen and fingerprint sensor worked just fine after the swap.

PBK Reviews posted two videos detailing how to break down the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. Once both phones are open, they are both covered in a large copper heat sink. For more heat dissipation, there is an aluminum center plate underneath, which is connected to the chips with a heat-conducting tape. The fingerprint sensor under the screen is also on the back of the screen. It’s a thin sticker that takes up very little space. The proximity sensor and the brightness under the display can also be seen under the screen.

The videos show that the Pixel 6 Pro has the haptic motor on the bottom of the phone while the Pixel 6 has the haptic motor on top. It is also revealed that the mmWave antenna is placed at the top of the Pixel 6 for regions and carriers that support it. For areas where there is no mmWave, this area is filled with a placeholder metal block. mmWave is said to allow high download speeds on 5G phones, but just inserting one is questionable. It will most likely be hand-blocked in landscape mode, and Qualcomm has reportedly even suggested that the signal works better with more than four mmWave antennas built into each phone. With just one poorly placed mmWave antenna, it remains to be seen whether or not the Pixel 6 can ever achieve fast connectivity.

As for repairability, PBK Reviews reports that the USB Type-C connector is soldered to the motherboard, making it difficult to repair. The video also shows that everything inside is taped together, meaning that repairing it would compromise the phones’ water resistance. The video shows that there were no problems replacing the screen, but replacing the fingerprint sensor required that calibration software be run and then the phone had to be factory reset. The Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro’s teardown videos can be viewed below:


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