Pixel 6 Pro: a valuable insight into how a smartphone is made (no, really)

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Much linked to over the last few days has been a Google video showing exactly how to assemble a Pixel 6 Pro from first principles. But this is much more than someone reassembling something they've previously torn down - all the factory 'jigs', tools, and protective films are shown - despite the video quirks, it's a really interesting look at how a modern phone is 'made'.

Some notes first. Although all the tools and notes seem to come from Google in a first party fashion, the video was clearly not part of the official Pixel 6 Pro leak campaign, since the video was removed in short order from its main YouTube URL. However, many people had saved it by then and so it's still available, see the example embed below (if this one goes too, then I'll try and find a working link).

Note also that the video goes at breakneck pace. It's not exactly speeded up, but - as they say in the promo world - sequences have been shortened. You'll see. Plus the annotations are crazily detailed and only shown for brief periods of time. The end result depicts exactly as you'd build a Pixel 6 Pro from first principles with all the Google hardware tools and set-up jigs, but it's more for effect than genuine instruction.

Finally, you may want to ignore/mute the audio, which is just jaunty music! Here goes (and, as I say, if this embed is pulled, I'll try and replace it):

Fascinating stuff and I've included it here as news partly because the Google Pixel 6 Pro is indeed imminent (in terms of official launch) and partly because I wanted to comment further. If you ever thought that assembling a phone was imply a matter of screwing in the right components in the right order then think again. 

At each stage in the video you can see subtle touches like lubricating edges/seals or pre-folding cables or using pre-cut transfer sheets (release papers) to allow the application of non-conducting or heat-wicking material. Then there are the glued aspects, with certain components that need to be added within a certain number of seconds or minutes since the primer or glue was first laid down. All of which are vital to structure and waterproofing.

What's so impressive here is that even if the video itself is not fully official, every single part is new and unused, straight from the OEM, so protective layers have to be peeled off - we've been so used to seeing teardown videos, where every part is 'used' that it's refreshing to see the complete factory fresh experience.

Overall, watching the 8 minutes of assembly is a little overwhelming, not least because of the speed at which it goes, but because most of us hadn't the slightest idea of just how much goes into bolting our phones together. Comments?

PS. Of course, set all this against the launch of the Fairphone 4, with a review unit on its way, which is unique in that it's 100% user repairable and a few standard cross-head screws are all that's between you and a full teardown or rebuild. The catch is a lowering of water resistance, of course, plus you have to pay a little extra for such a niche device and all the eco-goodness that comes with it. Anyway, more on the Fairphone 4 when it arrives at 'All About' Towers.