The Pixel 7 is still on its way out, but that’s not stopping the internet from tearing it down already. In what is becoming a tradition, PBK Review is the first to differentiate the devices, specifically the Pixel 7 Pro. Now we can make some fun comparisons between this teardown and last year’s.
As it looks from the outside, the Pixel 7 Pro is pretty close to the Pixel 6 Pro, but you can see some improvements. Google has done a great job with graphite thermal tape this year. The Pixel 6 Pro used to have three separate sections of thermal tape, but is now a monolithic block of graphite covering the camera, SoC, and battery.
On the Pixel 6, the graphite sticker had to be several parts because Google didn’t want to cover the mmWave antenna wire that ran over the battery last year. On the Pixel 7 Pro, the mmWave antenna cable is quite long and runs around the perimeter of the battery under the metal mid-frame. With no cables in the way, thermal tape can have a large surface area over the battery, camera, and SoC. Google removed some of the thermal tape that was previously closer to the USB-C port, but due to a reduction in the process node and more tape centered around the SoC, this will hopefully lead to a cooler phone.
It would probably be better to have no mmWave antennas at all as mmWave barely exists anywhere and seems like an over-hyped, dead-end technology. Even if you’re a pro-mmWave (I guess this would make you the CEO of Verizon?), the Pixel 7 Pro only has one antenna on the top of the phone. Other phones like the Galaxy S22 Ultra have a better shot at picking up a signal with two mmwave antennas on either side of the device. Part of mmWave’s laughable impracticality is that your hand easily blocks out the signal, so the Pixel 7 can have clear line-of-sight in portrait mode, while the Pixel 7 has some awkward hands-on mmWave in landscape. condition will be required. However, aren’t high-bandwidth mmWave applications primarily for media? Shouldn’t the scenario be prioritized? We should stop including mmWave altogether.
As far as repairs are concerned, the front screen comes off first, which makes screen replacement a one-step process: “the battle with the adhesive.” PBK Reviews Couldn’t take the rear glass off, so it looks like you’ll have to replace the entire metal frame if the rear glass breaks. The USB-C port is soldered onto the main board, which would make fixing a broken charging port an expensive one. Batteries have pull tabs, but they won’t work without first soaking the battery adhesive in alcohol. It is a mixed bag.
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