Google Pixel 6 Pro camera repair guides and fresh benchmarks deliver both good and bad news

Google Pixel 6 Pro camera repair guides and fresh benchmarks deliver both good and bad news

Tech Highlights:

  • The “GEO” module needs to be “calibrated” to the device’s logic board with vendor-exclusive calibration software. As of writing, 2021-10-10, this software hasn’t leaked anywhere publicly and it’s unclear if the modules are calibrated by the vendor pre-shipping to the ASP or are calibrated by the ASPs themselves during the repair. Pixel 6 Pro camera repair manual – Google Pixel 6 Pro camera repair manual and new benchmarks tip good and bad news. Pixel 6 Pro camera repair manual

  • It appears that the Google Pixel 6 Pro camera set will be out of this world, if not in terms of pure hardware (there are better options), but in terms of the arguably far more essential calibration and bespoke image processing departments. According to a leaked Pixel 6 Pro camera repair manual, you won’t be able to just replace the camera kit with the identical one provided as a replacement part and expect the same results as if you were using a brand new phone. The Pixel 6 Pro camera repair sign may be seen here. If the camera or logic board needs to be replaced, Authorized Service Providers must utilise a “GEO” camera module; this module is not the same as the production camera module that is linked with the camera.

What all of this means is that the Pixel 6 Pro camera may be individually calibrated in the factory akin to what some manufacturers like OnePlus, Oppo, Apple, or Samsung do with their award-winning per-unit display calibration. The folks behind the award-winning OnePlus 9 Pro or Oppo Find X3 Pro displays that return nearly perfect color gamut and white balance coverage told us in our Pixelworks interview last year that it takes just a few seconds to individually calibrate a display in the factory and the results are pretty astounding.

Something in that vein may be brewing with the Pixel 6 series, but only time will tell if Google will have to address the recent Right to Repair act Federal Trade Commision decision, or would it skate away with the proprietary technology, tools and software argument. We already know quite a lot about the Google Pixel 6 Pro specs as well as those of its smaller sibling the Pixel 6, and one of the most interesting leaked details are of Google’s homebrew Tensor chipset core counts and clock frequencies – 2x 2.8GHz X1, 2x 2.25GHz A78, and 4x 1.8GHz A55 cores with ARM Mali-G78 GPU.

At least for those manufacturers which put the extra money and effort to do it, that is, and Google now seems to be one of them as far as the camera on the Pixel 6 Pro is concerned. It has to as not only does it have proprietary computational photography algorithms but now also a proprietary Tensor chipset and image processor, too. Just like Apple which also does individual calibration and a camera or display replacement would properly work only in its authorized centers. Otherwise, you risk small inconveniences like Face ID not working if you put a third-party display in an independent repair shop, for instance.

Granted, we’ve had Tensor chipset benchmarks leaked before, but the latest Geekbench appearance unearthed by MySmartPrice is of the smaller Pixel 6 sibling, and it pulls off what the Pixel 6 Pro managed almost to the tee. While the benchmark scores are lower than the Snapdragon 888 processor that is in the Galaxy S21 series, not to mention Apple A15 that is in the iPhone 13 models, they are much higher than what’s in the Pixel 5.

Moreover, synthetic benchmarks don’t tell the whole picture about real-life performance, and, knowing Google’s software and hardware optimization prowess, the Pixel 6/Pro performance should be smooth as silk with the Tensor processor.
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