Galaxy S9 Teardown – Variable Aperture Camera lens Revealed!


It’s time to tear down the Galaxy S9 and take
a look inside of that crazy variable aperture camera unit. My phone has been through a lot lately and
it’s not quite over yet. Let’s get started. [Intro] You’ve already seen me open up glass backed
phones a million times, so you know the drill. Heat is your best friend. Glass is glass. And luckily replacement panels are pretty
cheap if you accidentally break one. Or if you manage to scuff up the paint on
the underside of the glass, a dbrand skin is equally inexpensive. I’ll link all the stuff down in the video
description. Let’s get to the good stuff. There are 15 screws holding down those black
plastics and the wireless charging coil. I’ll pop off that coil, the center plastic,
and the bottom loud speaker, and then I’ll unplug the battery. There’s some very strong adhesive holding
this battery to the frame of the phone. You can see how it bent my pry tool trying
to get this thing out. I’ll soften up the adhesive a bit with my
heat gun and give it another shot. Prying out that 3000 milliamp battery… it’s
the same size as the previous Galaxy S8. Samsung claims 95% battery capacity retention
after 2 years. Meanwhile Apple says plan for a 20% drop in
capacity about every year if they don’t manually throttle you first anyway. You know what you sign up for. The screen ribbon unclips like a little Lego,
and then I’ll make my way up to the front facing camera. It’s an 8 megapixel, HDR capable unit, and
pretty much the exact same thing we saw in last year’s phone. We’ll get to the new stuff here in a second,
but first I’ll unclip the volume buttons and these little signal wires down at the bottom,
along with the white and blue wire cables. And then of course the SIM card tray comes
out with it’s 400 gigabyte capacity SD card slot. It also has the water resistant rubber ring
around the opening. The whole motherboard can fold up and out
of the phone at this point, allowing us to access the final Lego-style connector attached
to the bottom of the motherboard for the charging port. I’ll set the motherboard off to the side so
we can tear open that camera unit in a second. The interior of this phone is solid metal. Samsung must anodize the entire frame at the
same time, because it’s all painted the same color inside and out. But you can see the metal shining through
the scratch marks underneath. It’s a very very solidly built phone. There is a long copper heat pipe to help keep
the processor cool. And then another copper sticker over some
of the front facing sensors. And lastly, a water damage indicator right
up here by the SIM card tray. This is how Samsung knows if your phone has
gotten wet or not. Remember, the Galaxy S9 is ip68 water resistant. Definitely not the same thing as water proof. I would just plan on keeping your phone dry. It’s got a little circular coin vibration
motor inside with it’s little gold contact pads. I still need to make that vibrator explanation
video since there are several types used in cell phones these days. So watch out for that one. Our little buddy jack is tied in with one
screw and a Lego-style connector here at the bottom of the phone. I’ll release those and pop him out. Then there are 4 more screws holding down
the charging port into the phone frame. There’s a little bit of adhesive under there,
but the whole thing pulls up and away pretty smoothly. It’s got a little rubber ring around the USB-C
port to help keep water out out and the microphone hole is down here on this board as well. Now if I was going to do a screen replacement,
I would use a ton of heat and basically break the screen off of the phone frame. There are massive machines that can do this
safely and salvage the display if it’s not already damaged, but without those machines,
just plan on the screen breaking completely during the removal process and then installing
your new one. Let’s jump into one of the major improvements
on this Galaxy S9: the camera. I don’t tear down cameras very often, but
I’ll make an exception for this one. After popping it out from it’s slot in the
motherboard, we can see a couple things. First, we still have that optical image stabilization,
that IOS that helps keep video footage looking super smooth, but that’s pretty common. Now I’m interested in this variable aperture,
you know, the little gizmo that physically changes how much light can hit the sensor
at a given point. Popping off the protective housing, we can
see that this aperture variation happens on the exterior of the lens since I can touch
it with my tweezers. And the control mechanism for that aperture
happens over here on the left hand side of the lens where I can manually open and close
the little circle by sliding my tweezers up and down on the internal switch. Of course all of this happens electronically
automatically inside the camera. It would automatically switch from 1.5 to
2.4 depending on the lighting situation on hand. But it’s cool to see the hardware side of
things during a teardown. Thumbs up to Samsung for doing something new. This is the same hardware you would find in
a professional DSLR camera. Apple is usually about 2 years behind, so
you’ll see this in an iPhone around 2020. We aren’t done with the teardown though. I’ll pop out the lenses from the housing to
reveal the camera sensor underneath. This multicolored 12 megapixel rectangle is
what receives the light through the lens and turns it into an image for your phone. One last look at the switch on the side of
the lenses for the aperture movement. That switch, including the optical stabilization,
are most likely accomplished through magnets since you can see each side of the lens has
a little magnet attached that attracts this screw. And each magnet lines up with the copper coils
inside of the housing. Pretty cool. They help keep things balanced and stabilized. I’ll start reassembling the phone. The camera won’t ever be the same since there
are some tiny little stabilizing rubber balls inside that escaped when I took it apart. Luckily, replacement cameras are pretty inexpensive
so I’ll just buy another when replacements become available. The charging port is in place and screwed
down. And if we look up here on the left we see
Bixby’s little home. It’s got the one button and a little ribbon
with some gold contact pads. It looks pretty easy to remove if someone
wants to be adventurous. They can just pop the button out, or leave
the button in place and just rip out the contact pads so he never works again. I’m not suggesting murder, I’m just saying
it’s possible. The motherboard gets clipped in at the bottom
first with the charging port and then set down into the aluminum frame of the Galaxy
S9. If you noticed, I’m leaving the camera unattached
right now, but the phone should still work without it. The front facing camera is plugged in and
then the screen ribbon is clipped into the motherboard like a little Lego, along with
the 3 little signal wires at the bottom. Now one more subtle difference between the
S9 and the S8 that you probably won’t hear anywhere else is about the camera flash. It’s still a single colored LED flash, but
the S9 has a diffuser in it while the S8 does not. Light diffusers are usually preferred among
photographers since it’s a little less harsh on the image. And the Galaxy S9 now has one in place. Not a reason to go out and buy a whole new
phone of course, but it is still something new. And I guess if I have to be nice, Apple has
been diffusing their flashes on their iPhones for quite a while now. Anyway, the battery is back in place and plugged
in, along with the headphone jack and this little screw. And this is the part where you would normally
get the plastics back on and the 15 screws screwed back into place, but since my phone
has been torn down and clarified a bit, this portion of the video is going to be a little
different. I’ll get some double sided tape to hold that
glass back panel in place. And after clipping in the fingerprint scanner,
I can see if the whole phone works or not. It turns on even without the camera unit in
place. And the whole thing appears to be working. It finds Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and the front camera
works. But as soon as I flip it to the rear camera,
the camera app dies with a “camera failed” warning…probably because it just doesn’t
exist anymore. But yeah, if you’re bored of a normal looking
phone, make sure you check out the dbrand link in the description. Show them some love for supporting my channel,
and build your own phone by clicking that link. I think this camo skin is pretty sweet. Thanks for joining me on the teardown on this
Galaxy S9, and if I’ve earned it, hit that subscribe button. Thanks a ton for watching, and I’ll see you
around.

100 Replies to “Galaxy S9 Teardown – Variable Aperture Camera lens Revealed!”

  1. hi, i accidentally stuck the SIM card tool inside the tiny hole on the bottom of the phone, next to the speaker. How likely is it that I damaged the microphone or anything?

  2. Does anyone else notice a rattle near the camera when the phone is shaken? I'm trying to figure out if I broke something inside my S9.

  3. 1:00 Samsung should be sued for saying the S9 maintains 95 percent battery health after one year. Expect at least a 10 percent capacity drop per year.

  4. Und bei mir soll wohl laut samsung nach 2 ja genau 2 !!! Tagen die Kamera im Arsch sein … Ich scheiß langsam auf Samsung … Ich glaub ich holl mir wieder ein Nokia 8310!

  5. Got the dbrand camo skin for my s9 cause of this video. Worth it! I never have to worry about scratches even with my case off!

  6. For each layer of adhesive you have to soften, how long do you normally apply the heat, and what temp? I only have a hair dryer, so how long should I apply that heat with the high setting?

  7. Samsung made you remove everything to reach the charging port, you say : absolutely nothing

    Apple makes u remove everything to reach the charging port

  8. @JerryRigEverything Did you notice that S9 screen is less curved than the S8? I found some information on Google they said "the curved edge aren't as pronounce on the S9" I just wanted to make sure if it true.

  9. Hey, Zach, I have an iPhone 6 that has been dropped several times and I’ve had it for almost four years. should I switch?

  10. Hi Jerry. Thanks for the fantastic video. I poked the top microphone of S9+ by mistake thinking it was a SIM tray. How stupid I am! Would that puncture the microphone or waterproof membrane? Phone calls or video recording seems working fine but it makes me a little uneasy. Please help.

  11. You earned my subscription. One question, can the S9 camera fit the S8? I have the blurry S8 camera issue and wondering if the newer S9 camera would make a better replacement? Do you know if the connection is the same and if the camera app in the S8 would be able to open and close the lens like in the S9?

  12. I was shook, I spilled coffee and it surrounded my phone, I panicked and rinsed it. Then it said there was water in the USB so I put it in rice for 12 hours. Thanks christ for ip68

  13. Hi jerry, i saw your video on the teardown of your Note 9.. i have a questions, is it the same on this S9 if i stick my sim pin tool on the wrong hole and nothing will happens or damage my S9?

  14. I know that this video is from 2018 and so on. But I just got bored on Youtube and I just watched this video again. You said that if you wanted to replace the screen you would break it off the frame. But that's not really how you do it, because Samsung phones are coming with the display and the frame allready attached. That's what Samsung is calling "display assembly". So basically you would need to move the motherboard and every little piece from the old and damaged phone, into the new frame that came with the new display. Ah, and also with a new battery. Keep it up @JerryRigEverything

  15. I just bought the S9, I come from an iphone SE, and so far this is an amazing upgrade for me. But seeing the s9 being teared apart, kinda hurt hahahaha. Love your channel dude!

  16. Jerry I really enjoy your videosI just don't understand why do you film in 60fps there is no need for it in the style of videos that you do and it's much harder to stream over the internet if you want to watch it at high quality so I would like you to explain oh stop it all right man

  17. My wife's s9 battery is already dead after 1.5 years…… probably wont buy Samsung next time. I'm here to check if it's easy to emplacement the battery and obviously they didn't provide a pull tab…..

  18. Galaxy active watch Did someone know the battery model and type I bough a used watch active on ebay and it need a new battery. Thanks

  19. Why remove the Bixby button? Just go into the Bixby settings and it gives you the option to remap it, I have it set to open the camera app.

  20. Hi sir, wont take too much of your time, but I was trying to open the sim tray but I mistook the microphone as the sim tray, and I kind of pushed a little too hard. Do you think I messed something up there, did i break the water seal kr what not or did i break the microphone? Thanks. Im using an S9+.

  21. You closed your phone at 1:09PM having 38% battery, but when you reassembled the whole thing it was 9PM and the battery was at 53%. How come?

  22. I have s9 with screen burn can fix that please because I don't have voice for claming for this cheap quality screen.

  23. I would really appreciate it if you give the battery and front cam to replace mine due to water damage. I was stupid trusting the ip68 rating hahaha

  24. i have a question, i accidentally poke my s9 top speaker grill with needle, will that cause my s9 not waterproof anymore ?

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