Several Nexus 6P third-party cases block the laser auto focus, which could break your phone

Several Nexus 6P third-party cases block the laser auto focus, which could break your phone
Before you buy a case for your new Nexus 6P, better check out a problem that has some case manufacturers kicking themselves in the back. Some of the third-party cases listed on Amazon's site will block the laser auto focus used with the rear camera. The sensor for the laser auto focus is located on the black bar, just to the right of the flash. If you look at the official Nexus 6P product video and pause it at the 18 second mark, the laser auto focus is clearly seen next to the flash.

When looking at the very first render that showed the black bar on the Huawei 6P on August 24th, the laser auto focus was impossible to discern. Assuming that case manufacturers were looking at the same leaks, it is easy to see how the sensor was overlooked. Whatever you do, don't take this warning lightly. Blocking the laser auto focus could actually damage the entire focusing mechanism on your phone. And that will make the camera on your Nexus 6P completely useless!

We should point out that not all of the cases available for the phone are blocking the laser auto focus. But you should look very closely before spending your hard earned money to make sure that the one you do buy, doesn't end up damaging your handset permanently.

Building smartphone cases on speculation is a tough job. One mistake like this could cost a company plenty of money and could even mean the end of a small case manufacturer. Which means that if you see a case for the Nexus 6P priced very cheaply, make sure that it has the cut out for the laser auto focus. The accessory producers that guessed wrong, will at first try to get some money back by offering their useless cases at rock bottom prices.


source: XDA via AndroidPolice

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36 Comments

1. iMichael unregistered

Lol.....

8. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

See at times this why PA makes a great website, beside the crazy fan wars their occasional informative articles like this helps all of us out. 1+

15. SamsungPhanboy

Posts: 765; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

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23. engineer-1701d unregistered

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32. UglyFrank

Posts: 2193; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Basically a poor attempt at Samsung smart switch

29. MSi_GS70 unregistered

yeah idiots

2. GoBears

Posts: 456; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

Really great heads up article for those of us who are grabbing the 6P. I would have never checked for that. Thanks PA!

4. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

We should really thanks PA for such an informative warning

33. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

Yup I think this is going to save a lot of people's money and devices. This is a really good article on PA.

3. Lauticol

Posts: 404; Member since: Jun 25, 2011

I think only cases 5 and 6 blocks the laser autofocus. The first ones have some extra space to the right of the LEDs

6. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

That's PA for ya. I don't even believe that it can damage the focusing engine without some proof or explenation.

36. joelg1988

Posts: 8; Member since: Jun 03, 2012

*explanation.

13. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Nah There All Blocking It. I Think You Need To Take A Closer Look At The Pic That Shows Exactly Where The Laser Autofocus Is Located, Cause Its To The Right Of The Flash And Those Cases Clearly Only Have Cut Outs For The Flash And Camera

19. ONmyLvL_

Posts: 15; Member since: Mar 01, 2015

Try reading other articles before you make blanket claims. The top 3 cases are the ones that DO NOT block the laser. PA made a careless mistake for such an important article....lazy.

5. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

Permanent damage? Sounds like BS to me? How can you permanently damage a focusing motor by blocking the laser?

12. Penny

Posts: 1847; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Yeah I don't know really. Maybe it just continually hunts for focus and therefore burns out that mechanism? I wouldn't imagine permanent damage otherwise.

30. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

because the laser could be blocked enough to damage the laser in and of itself perhaps? Making the motors and focusing useless if it cant get the data from the laser.

7. combatmedic870

Posts: 984; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

Your telling me the official nexus case blocks the laser AF!?!?

14. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Pa Clearly Said 3rd Party Cause, Meaning None Official Cases.

16. SamsungPhanboy

Posts: 765; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

50% of the PA community goes straight for the comments.

21. combatmedic870

Posts: 984; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

Really...photo #2 is the official case. It says it blocks the laser AF...

25. etotherescue

Posts: 39; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

#2 does not block the laser AF. Look at the picture there is a gap between the flash and case. Enough so it doesn't block the laser AF.

35. ninja_master

Posts: 306; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

More like 98%

9. hwb01

Posts: 355; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

Too bad... That bottom case looks pretty good

10. ogtomasx

Posts: 47; Member since: Aug 25, 2012

Official nexus 6P cases blocks the laser AF ??? Can you please advise on which cases do not block the Laser AF ?? I ordered a phone, but how does the Google cases from the page not work ???? Crazyyyy do I cancel ??

17. SamsungPhanboy

Posts: 765; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

Hahaha bro, 3rd party cases only.

18. ONmyLvL_

Posts: 15; Member since: Mar 01, 2015

The top 3 bullets are labeled wrong. The official cases from google are not the problem. Look at the androidpolice article about the same subject which is FAR less confusing like PA made it! PROOF EDIT YOUR WORK PA!

11. ogtomasx

Posts: 47; Member since: Aug 25, 2012

***** Attention Please ****** - Can the article writer recommend a case that works without blocking the Lase AF ?????

24. valapsp

Posts: 565; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

cases offered on google store do not block. first 4 photos the author posted are official cases.

20. 99nights

Posts: 1152; Member since: Mar 10, 2015

Back to the drawing board for these companies lol..

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