The primary Pixel 5 teardown to hit the Web is from PBKReviews, which provides us a enjoyable take a look at the center of Google’s newest flagship smartphone.

There’s a lot in regards to the Pixel 5 development that’s fairly totally different. The primary is the display retention approach, which makes use of each glue and rectangular clips. You may have to each warmth the cellphone up and pry out all of the little tabs—hopefully with out breaking them—to be able to get on the within the cellphone. In contrast with an iPhone 12, which makes use of glue and two screws on the backside of the cellphone, or a Samsung cellphone, which is all glue, that is definitely distinctive. No matter Google’s plan was for holding the display on, it does not appear to be working very nicely, as there are already reviews of uneven gaps forming between the cellphone’s body and show.

The following Pixel oddity is the dearth of a standard earpiece. As a substitute, the cellphone has an under-display speaker towards the highest of the show. It serves double-duty because the “stereo” speaker together with the traditional speaker on the underside of the cellphone. Below-display earpieces vibrate the show to play sound however often sound fairly tinny.

Whereas some higher-end Snapdragon 865 telephones have massive, fancy warmth pipes in them now, the Pixel 5 simply has a giant slab of steel on high of the motherboard for warmth dissipation. There’s additionally graphite tape between the battery and the aluminum physique.

Google's picture showing the steps in the Pixel 5 build process. The second from the left shows the bare aluminum body, which has a ton of holes punched in it for wireless charging and mmWave. From there, it goes in a mold and gets covered in resin.
Enlarge / Google’s image exhibiting the steps within the Pixel 5 construct course of. The second from the left exhibits the naked aluminum physique, which has a ton of holes punched in it for wi-fi charging and mmWave. From there, it goes in a mildew and will get coated in resin.


The Pixel 5 is a uncommon cellphone (the primary?) to have each a steel physique and wi-fi charging, which was a little bit of a thriller at launch. Years in the past, the trade switched from steel backs to glass to be able to facilitate wi-fi charging, for the reason that RF alerts could not penetrate steel. Sadly, the teardown does not go into particulars, however Google’s press package exhibits what a bare-aluminum Pixel 5 shell appears to be like like, and Google’s resolution to balancing steel and numerous RF necessities is fairly easy: simply minimize holes within the aluminum physique wherever it’s worthwhile to let some sign out.

The again of the cellphone physique has two massive holes minimize out of it for wi-fi charging, and you may see massive chunks lacking from the highest and the facet, which strains up with the place the mmWave 5G antennas go. To cease the cellphone from wanting like swiss cheese, the entire steel physique goes in a mildew (that tab-covered black factor) and is roofed in resin.

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