Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro Teardown Videos Reveal Extensive Heat Dissipation, Poor Placement of mmWave Antenna


The Pixel 6 Pro and Pixel 6 phones have been widely torn down to reveal their internals and show off their ability to repair them. The teardowns were conducted by PBK Review and while the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro internals are almost identical, there are some key differences that the video highlights. Both the phones come bundled with a lot of heat dissipation and the teardown shows the mmWave layout as well. The videos mainly focus on the repair of the two phones, and both the screen and the fingerprint sensor worked fine after the replacement.

PBK Reviews posted two videos detailing the burst of Pixel 6 And Pixel 6 Pro. Once both phones are open, they are both covered in a large copper heatsink. There’s also an aluminum mid-plate at the bottom for greater heat dissipation that’s attached to the chips with thermal tape. The under-screen fingerprint sensor is also sported at the back of the screen. It is a slim sticker which takes up very little space. The proximity sensor and under-display brightness are also seen at the bottom of the screen.

The video shows that the Pixel 6 Pro has a haptic motor at the bottom of the phone while the Pixel 6 has a haptic motor at the top. It has also been revealed that the mmWave antenna is placed on the top edge of the Pixel 6 for regions and carriers that support it. For areas where there is no mmWave, that real estate placeholder is filled with metal blocks. mmWave 5G is said to enable higher download speeds on phones, but installing just one is questionable. It’s most likely to be hand-blocked when in landscape mode and Qualcomm has the same Allegedly It suggested that the signal would work optimally if more than four mm wave antennas were integrated inside any phone. With only one mmWave antenna, poorly placed, it remains to be seen whether the Pixel 6 is ever able to capture faster speed connectivity.

As for repairs, PBK Reviews reports that the USB Type-C port is soldered onto the motherboard which makes it difficult to repair. The video also reveals that everything inside is glued together, which means that the repair will compromise on the water resistance of the phone. The video mentions that he didn’t have any problems while replacing the screen, but to replace the fingerprint sensor, he needed to run some calibration software and then factory reset the phone. Teardown videos for both the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro can be seen below: