iFixit’s Shahram Mokhtari starts by removing the Pixel 8 Pro’s screen using a heating mat, clamp, and pick. After disconnecting the display from the device, Mokhtari bends the 5G mmWave antenna cable and unscrews the main frame. From there, Mokhtari attempts to remove the 5050 mAh battery by pulling on the plastic tabs underneath the component.
However, Mokhtari runs into the Same problem as PBKreviews., the YouTube channel that took down the Pixel 8. Both iFixit and PBKreviews ended up loosening the battery adhesive using isopropyl alcohol. Once that’s done, Mokhtari dismantles the Pixel 8 Pro’s camera array, revealing the 50MP main camera, 48MP ultra-wide lens, and 48MP telescopic lens.
Finally, we take a look at the Pixel 8 Pro’s unique built-in thermometer. Mokhtari offers a super-zoomed-in look at the component… but it doesn’t look like much more than four circular sensors. When the phone is assembled, you can find the temperature sensor inside the camera bar on the back of the device. It’s supposed to give you accurate surface temperature readings, and body temperature readings await FDA approval.
Unlike the iPhone 15, Mokhtari notes that the Pixel 8 Pro’s components are not software locked, meaning you’re not forced to buy new components directly from Google. Google also promises seven years of Android updates for the Pixel 8 and 8 Pro. However, Google still limits certain features, such as Night Sight and Zoom Enhance, to the Pixel 8 Pro, which, as my colleague Sean Hollister points out, makes that promise means a little less.