The YouTube channel iFixit, best known for dismantling smartphones, turned its attention to the new Meta Quest Pro VR headset, which brought some interesting surprises.
This is a complex and compact device – featuring multiple internal and external cameras, advanced optics, an integrated display, and various sensors – that is held on your head with a single circular strap. Meta hasn’t provided full specifications for the Quest Pro kit, so a breakdown might be the best way to find out what you’re getting with this $1,500 flagship.
The Meta Quest Pro has a 20.58 watt hour battery (5,348 mAh), 44% more capacity than the 14.3 watt hour Quest battery. The battery is easy to access here since it’s tucked away in the back, away from the rest of the electronics, iFixit said. However, the challenge can be ordering a replacement since bent batteries are rare.
There is a deep variable cable connected to the battery that can detect the voltage of the battery. These could be capacitive sensors, iFixit speculated, but it’s not clear why the battery might have this technology. Capacitive sensors are used on the touchpad, but can also detect pressure, proximity, and moisture. Perhaps this helps the Quest Pro to guide the user to the best place or provides a process stop in case of water exposure. We reached out to Meta for details.
It has been known that forehead and back fists come off easily by pulling them and a little pressure puts them back in place. There’s a front-facing infrared camera inside that tracks eyes and facial movements, as well as head-mounted stereo speakers, which deliver crystal-clear sound and great sound quality.
The glass is very shiny and looks like glass, but it is actually made of plastic, so care should be taken to prevent scratches. With the cover off, there is a clear empty rectangle that may be intended for the depth sensor, which was announced to have been canceled shortly before its manufacture. Andrew Bosworth, Meta’s chief technology officer, said at the AMA before the launch of the Quest Pro that the depth sensor is not necessary in modern VR headsets since the power can be easily controlled in software.
Digging deep into the core of the Quest Pro’s visor, two almost silent fans can be seen in front of the twin-LED display. These critical elements produce a small amount of light to provide enough light to produce the high light required by pancake lenses. The lenses themselves are made of high quality plastic.
The iFixit team also delved into the secrets of the Quest Pro including the Touch Controllers, noting that the fingers use potentiometer technology similar to the Nintendo Switch. Amazingly, the thumbpad is actually a depth-sensing button, allowing the Meta to discover uncharted powers. Each touch controller is equipped with a built-in tracking camera powered by a powerful 10.85 Wh battery. Another revealed detail is that the stylus sensor is not part of the graphics pressure detection that Meta says is part of the Quest Pro.
The iFixit team presented the Meta Quest Pro teardown as one of the hardest things they’ve ever done. Despite this, iFixit praised the Meta for using Phillips head screws, a common tool, but said that this would not be a tool or a repair tool.