Google Pixel 6 Pro camera module may not be user-replaceable

As we approach the release date for Google Pixel 6 Pro, it seemed like we knew everything there was to know about the upcoming Google phones. We have seen reproduces, specification sheet, even though demolition, camera samples, and pricing for some markets. What we’re learning now is that Google can go Apple’s path and make it harder to get the Pixel 6 Pro fixed, especially the camera module.

If one is to believe a leaked page from Google Pixel 6 Pro’s technical repair manual, it looks like Google is pairing a triple camera module with a unique device from the factory. The document states “RL rear camera is calibrated on the seller’s website to ensure image / video quality after repair.” This page was published to Repair. Wiki

and the Wiki page mentions that a replacement module “is different from the production camera module paired with the original logic board.”

This means that you may not be able to use the camera module from an existing Pixel 6 Pro and install it on another device. It also suggests that a replacement module may need to be hard-coded to work on another Pixel device. The same document says “If you change the logic board: ASP must also change the RL rear camera has marked ‘GEO’. For the replaced rear camera from the original device, keep them and RTV (Return To Vendor).”

In a YouTube video, Louis Rossmann explains that since Apple has made camera module repairs with the iPhone 12 more difficult to perform outside of Apple’s authorized repair network, other vendors may see this as an opportunity to do the same. There are no allegations that Google will make third-party repairs or make it more difficult, but the tracks lead in that direction. Still, this had to be confirmed by actually separating two Pixel 6 Pro devices and switching camera modules to see if they work or not.

Rossmann wonders what the benefit is of pairing a camera module with the logic board. The leaked document claims that it is “ensuring the picture / video quality after repair.” but this statement is met with skepticism.

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