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Watch iFixit’s tears over Meta Quest Pro ‘largely irreparable’


At this point, you probably have a pretty good idea of ​​what internal of a smartphone yes, but what about a high-end VR headset? The experts at iFixit posted their videos Tears of Meta .’s New Quest Proand while they conclude it’s an “intriguing, if largely unrepairable” device, it’s a hugely interesting look at the insides of high-end VR headsets.

One of the first things iFixit researched was the battery, which is located on the back of the headset. It’s a two-cell 20.58Wh battery curved, that’s something I don’t think I’ve ever seen. It’s a different approach from what Meta has taken with Quest 2’s Elite battery strap, yes two flat pin connected (same picture in this photo from a Redditor).

On the front of the headphones, it turns out that the glossy front is not glass but some “shiny plastic”. Once you’re done feeling it, you can see the components, camera, and circuitry on the front of the device, and it looks cool enough that I wish Meta offered a transparent version of the plastic panel. (After all, transparent electronic rules.)

iFixit also found a small rectangle in the middle of the Quest Pro, which appears to be where the depth sensor is. Mark Zuckerberg says Protocol in the May that the Quest Pro, then codenamed Cambria, would have a depth sensor, but the company told UploadVR after Quest Pro was announced that Zuckerberg was “referring to another depth-sensing system included in an earlier prototype version of the device.” However, it is interesting to see the opening point in the product being shipped.

Front view of Meta Quest Pro with the plastic cover removed.

Front view of Meta Quest Pro.
Image: iFixit

After untwisting much of screws, iFixit eventually goes to the lens (also plastic, not glass) and the main circuit board, including the new 1st generation Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2 Plus” Chips. iFixit also ditches the controllers, has its own camera, thumbsticks like what you’d find on the Nintendo Switch, and a 10.85Wh rated lithium-ion battery.

A deconstructed Meta Quest Pro.

Check out the Meta logo right in the middle of the table.
Image: iFixit

The guts of the Quest Pro are certainly impressive, but the device is complicated to disassemble. iFixit’s Shahram Mokhtari said: “146 screws, tons of cables and what appears to be a counter-intuitive design made this shredding one of the hardest things we’ve done in a single year. long time”. And it doesn’t seem to be repairable other than replacing the battery.

Still, I’d love to see exactly what’s inside the Quest Pro – it’s remarkable how much tech Meta was able to pack into a $1,500 headset. Now the company just needs to find out metaverse itself.

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