Google Pixel 6 Professional digital camera module might not be user-replaceable


As we method the discharge date of the Google Pixel 6 Professional, it appeared like we knew every little thing there was to know in regards to the upcoming Google telephones. We have seen renders, spec sheets, even teardowns, digital camera samples, and pricing for some markets. What we’re studying now’s that Google might go the way in which of Apple and make it harder to get the Pixel 6 Professional fastened, notably the digital camera module.

If a leaked web page from the Google Pixel 6 Professional’s technical restore guide is to be believed, Google seems to be pairing a triple digital camera module to a singular gadget from the manufacturing unit. The doc states “RL rear digital camera is calibrated at vendor web site to safe the picture/video high quality submit restore.” This web page was printed to Restore.Wiki and the Wiki web page mentions {that a} alternative module “is totally different from the manufacturing digital camera module that’s paired to the unique logic board.”

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Which means one might not have the ability to use the digital camera module from an present Pixel 6 Professional and set up it onto one other gadget. It additionally suggests {that a} alternative module may should be laborious coded to work on one other Pixel gadget. The identical doc says “If altering the logic board: ASP additionally wants to alter the RL Rear digital camera has the ‘GEO’ mark. For the changed Rear Digital camera from the unique gadget, preserve them, and RTV (Return To Vendor).”

In a YouTube video, Louis Rossmann explains that since Apple has made digital camera module repairs with the iPhone 12 harder to carry out outdoors of Apple’s licensed restore community, different distributors might even see this as a chance to do the identical. There is not any accusation that Google will make third social gathering or DIY repairs harder, however the clues are main in that route. Nonetheless, this must be confirmed by truly taking aside two Pixel 6 Professional units and swapping the digital camera modules to see whether or not they work or not.

Rossmann wonders what the profit is to pair a digital camera module to the logic board. The leaked doc claims it’s “to safe the picture/video high quality submit restore.” however this assertion is met with skepticism.