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iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro Teardown Shows They Are Nearly Identical Inside


iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro have surfaced in a new teardown video on a Chinese technology channel that reveals how identically both new models are designed. At the launch last week, Apple announced that both iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro share the same display size as well as the same dimensions. The latest teardown, however, shows us that apart from their displays and dimensions, the two new iPhone models also share most of the internal components. The teardown comes just at the time when the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro have been put on sale in key markets including the US, UK, Australia, Canada, China, and Japan.

As per the teardown video, which is available on Chinese video streaming portal Bilibili, the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro both use the same L-shaped logic board. The iPhone 12 Pro, however, has a connector separately for the LiDAR sensor, which isn’t available on the iPhone 12.

iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro appear to have an identical logic board
Photo Credit: Bilibili

 

However, the video shows that in place of the LiDAR sensor as well as the telephoto shooter that both are available on the iPhone 12 Pro, Apple has used a plastic filing on the iPhone 12. This was required as apparently the chassis of both the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro share the same compartments for internal components.

Similar to the back side, the front of the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro also have the same set of components. These include the same TrueDepth Camera system as well as the display assembly and the earpiece.

The teardown video also mentions that most of the internal components of the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro are so identical that they could easily be interchangeable. However, Apple hasn’t provided any clarity on whether an iPhone 12 part could be used in the iPhone 12 Pro or vice versa.

Additionally, the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro both come with the same, 2,815mAh battery. The MagSafe component as well as the wireless charging coil are also, needless to say, identical on both models.

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Both iPhone 12 models share the same battery pack
Photo Credit: Bilibili

 

The numerous similarities between the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro could convince a large number of customers towards the non-Pro variant, which is significantly cheaper. The difference is of Rs. 35,000 when looking at their India prices. Also, this isn’t something that we saw with the case of the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro as both had several noticeable differences.

That being said, the key difference between the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro is the build quality as the former has an aluminium frame, while the latter offers a stainless steel design. The Pro version is also capable of delivering a better photography experience, thanks to the addition of the LiDAR sensor and the telephoto shooter.


Are iPhone 12 mini, HomePod mini the Perfect Apple Devices for India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.



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OnePlus 8T Teardown Video Details Its Dual-Battery Configuration


OnePlus 8T teardown video has been released by YouTuber Zack Nelson of JerryRigEverything. It gives us a detailed look at the smartphone’s dual-battery configuration. The teardown follows a durability test under which the latest OnePlus phone went through rigorous scratch and bend tests. The phone was found to gain scratches at level six of the Mohs hardness scale. OnePlus 8T was launched as the newest member of the OnePlus family just earlier this week. The phone features quad rear cameras as well as a hole-punch display.

The teardown of OnePlus 8T begins by traditionally unscrewing over a dozen of Philips screws. However, the key highlight that makes the new OnePlus phone so different from its predecessors is its dual-battery configuration that enables 65W Warp Charge fast charging. This is a significant upgrade over OnePlus 8 that had a single 4,300mAh battery with Warp Charge 30T support.

Nelson mentioned in the video that the battery pack of OnePlus 8T, at first glance, looks identical to the one featuring on existing OnePlus phones. However, a crease is visible at the centre that depicts two different halves that are packaged as one. Each of the halves have a 2,250mAh battery to bring a total capacity of 4,500mAh.

“Most phones don’t charge faster than 30 watts. So, it’s probably safe to say that charging a singular battery with more power than that might cause the battery to explode or catch fire. But doubling up the batteries allows for double the power to be utilised,” Nelson said in the video.

The teardown also revealed that OnePlus 8T doesn’t have any waterproofing on the speaker, though a rubber ring has been warped around the USB Type-C port to resist water. There are also foam balls inside the speaker box to help bolster the audio output. Further, the copper cooling system on OnePlus 8T extends beneath the battery. This may help enhance thermal management while charging to some extent.

The OnePlus 8T is available for purchase in India with a starting price of Rs. 42,999. The phone comes in 8GB + 128GB and 12GB + 256GB storage configurations.


Is OnePlus 8T the best ‘value flagship’ of 2020? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.



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PlayStation 5 teardown video gives us our first look inside Sony’s 2020 console


It’s one of the most eagerly anticipated gaming consoles of 2020, and now Sony has given us an official teardown of the PlayStation 5.

In the video, Yasuhiro Ootori, VP of mechanical design at Sony Interactive Entertainment, shows off the inner workings of the PS5.

He said: “This is the PlayStation 5. At 104mm wide, 390mm high, and 260mm deep, the size is larger than that of the PS4, but results in a dramatic improvement in performance in terms of processing power and quietness.”

Firstly, Mr Ootori shows off how to switch the console from vertical to horizontal.

This involves unscrewing the base, storing the screw in the base itself, then using a cap to plug the screw hole.

In the video, Yasuhiro Ootori, VP of mechanical design at Sony Interactive Entertainment, shows off the inner workings of the PS5

Users must then rotate the stand, and clip it on to the PS5 in-line with the face buttons etched on the console. You can then lay the console flat.

The two rows on the front of the console are air vents, while the entire rear side is its exhaust port, Mr Ootori explains.

The large white panels on the sides can easily be removed by lifting the back corner and sliding them off.

Beneath is a large cooling fan, which draws in air from both sides.

The Blu-ray drive unit is covered in a metal case and mounted with two layers of insulation, to ensure you can’t hear the disc spinning

The Blu-ray drive unit is covered in a metal case and mounted with two layers of insulation, to ensure you can’t hear the disc spinning.

Meanwhile, the CPU, the GPU, memory and 825GB SSD are found underneath the shield, with a liquid metal used for cooling.

Thankfully, there’s not long to wait before keen fans can get their hands on the PlayStation 5 themselves.

The official release date is November 12, with fans in the US, Japan, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand South Korea able to get their hands on the console on that date.

The official PS5 teardown

However, it’s not good news for British PlayStation fans, who will have to wait another week to buy the PS5.

The official UK release date is November 19.

In terms of pricing, the PlayStation 5 is priced at £449.99/ $499.99 / AU$749.95, and the PlayStation 5 Digital Edition is slightly cheaper at $399.99 / £359.99 / AU$749.95.





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Sony’s PS5 teardown video reveals removable sides, dust catchers, and storage expansion


Sony has published a seven-minute teardown video of the PS5. The teardown gives us the best look at the PS5 so far, including all of its internal parts and how the sides are removable. Yasuhiro Ootori, head of Sony’s mechanical design for the PS5, leads the teardown in Japanese, noting that the entire rear of the PS5 is designed to exhaust air out of the console.

Sony is using a base on the PS5 that’s held in with a screw when it’s oriented vertically and clipped to the side of the console if you’re planning to use it horizontally. The white panels on either side of the console can be easily removed by lifting and sliding them off. This reveals the main cooling fan at the top of the PS5, which can draw in air from either side. Sony is also using two dust catchers which can be vacuumed out through two holes.

All parts of the PS5.
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The teardown also gives us a first look at expandable storage through an M.2 slot that’s accessible once you remove the side panels. PS5 owners will be able to purchase their own PCIe 4.0 compatible drives to upgrade storage in the next-gen console.

The rest of Sony’s teardown video also reveals just how serviceable this console will be. It’s clear Sony has thoughtfully designed this to make reparability and serviceability easy. The Blu-ray drive can be easily removed, and even the processor, memory, and SSD sections are easy to access. The 350-watt power supply can also be removed easily.

Sony says it has spent five years designing and developing the PS5 and has focused on reducing noise levels and enhancing its cooling methods. “We’ve also highlighted the mechanism in the video that we’ve incorporated into the PS5 console to make the operating sounds even quieter,” explains Masayasu Ito, head of hardware engineering and operation at Sony Interactive Entertainment. “After an extensive and complex trial and error process, we were pleased with the end result and I can not wait for our fans to get their hands on the PS5 console and ‘hear’ it for themselves.”

Sony’s PlayStation 5 console will go on sale for $499 ($399 for the Digital Edition) in the US on November 12th, with a launch in Europe and other parts of the world on November 19th.



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