Google Pixel 6 Pro camera repair manual and new benchmarks tip good and bad news
The Google Pixel 6 Pro camera set will be out of this world, it seems, if not in pure hardware (there are higher specs elsewhere) then in the arguably way more important calibration and custom image processing departments.
- If the camera or logic board needs to be replaced, you need to use a “GEO” camera module provided to Authorized Service Providers; this module is different from the production camera module that is paired to the original logic board.
- 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.
Custom Pixel 6 Pro camera and the Right to Repair act
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.
Pixel 6 vs Pixel 6 Pro Tensor processor benchmark score
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.