Nokia 9 Teardown! – How do all these Cameras work?!


The Nokia 9 PureView – the crazy smartphone
with one selfie camera in the front and 6 cameras on the back. Talk about overkill. Holding this baby up to your ear, you’ll look
like the outside wall of a high security detention center. Today we’re going to see what it all looks
like from the inside. This video is sponsored by Audible. Let’s get started. [Intro] As with most glass backed smartphones, we’re
going to start with the heat gun. The thing that makes this Nokia 9 different
though is the amount of adhesive holding it all together. Yeah, most glass backed phones are glued shut,
especially when the phone has an ip67 water resistant rating like this one. But this adhesive is excessive. I can use my razor blade to slice between
the glass and the metal frame and cut through some of the adhesive. But since there are never any repair guides
from the manufacturer, I’m going into this phone blind and just hoping that I don’t cut
anything important. With all the adhesive, this is definitely
one of the hardest phones to get inside that I’ve taken apart so far this year. Finally, I am able to peel up that back glass
panel revealing a shockingly vibrant wireless charging cable with a pretty sweet golden
FC foil wrapping around the camera lenses. This would make a pretty awesome looking clear
phone. It would be pretty similar to that Pixel 3
that we made transparent last year. I’ll peel off the last little bit of black
tape over the top of the wireless charging. Then let’s see if this thing still turns on
after all that prying. I’m always amazed at the amount of ingenuity
and design that goes into making these phones. Speaking of extreme ingenuity, the book I’ve
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you still get to keep your audio book It’s a win-win. Let’s see what’s under this black and gold
panel. There are 8 screws holding the top half to
the phone, then the whole thing can start to peel up. There is still adhesive on the right side…surprise. And the ribbon cable for the flash and depth
sensing cameras over here as well. I can unplug that ribbon with my plastic pry
tool. And then look at all this adhesive. It’s getting kind of ridiculous. Now that the back plastics are off, we get
our first real glimpse inside at all the cameras still hidden underneath the motherboard. I’ll unplug the long gold battery power ribbon
and then make my way around to each of the 5 internal cameras, each one unsnapping like
a little Lego. And yes, this is indeed the funnest thing
I’ve done all day. Up here is some metallic tape connecting the
front camera to the vibration motor. It’s a 20 megapixel little guy. It looks like the motherboard is one solid
piece running all the way down to the bottom of the phone, so I’ll unscrew the 5 bottom
plastic screws and pop off the loudspeaker covering that bottom portion of the motherboard. There are 3 white circular water damage indicators
on top of the motherboard And then an additional 5 screws holding the motherboard into place
inside the frame. And then, of course, we can remove the SIM
card tray. This can also be step number one if you’re
into that kind of thing. But I usually like to spice things up and
figure out it’s still there later on. Finally the motherboard can shimmy out of
the frame revealing some pretty cool stuff. The whole frame is made from milled aluminum
with a cutout for the copper heat pipe, and a deeper indention for the camera module that
was milled after the frame went through its anodizing process since it’s a different color
instead of blue. The tiny earpiece is up here in the corner,
along with the circular vibrator motor. Taking a look at the backs side of the motherboard,
we get a dollop of thermal paste sitting over the processor and these 5 cameras. Since all these cameras do the exact same
thing at the exact same time, it’s super important that they are all sitting in the exact same
housing. If any one of the cameras was out of position,
it might mess up the image that the phone is trying to stitch together. Each camera is housed in the same solid block
of metal. None of the cameras have OIS either, because
if they were all independently optically image stabilizing at the same time, and individually
moving themselves to compensate for shakiness, it would be even more difficult to stitch
together the image that they are all taking simultaneously. The cameras are also labeled. You can see the bottom and center cameras
are RGB or color cameras. And the outer cameras are all mono or black
and white detail cameras. It’s a pretty cool set up. I’m a fan of new innovations, even if they
don’t always go mainstream. It’s still fun to see how they work from the
inside. Unfortunately for us though, Nokia is still
not giving up on the super strength adhesive that’s holding this whole phone together. Including underneath the battery. My thin metal pry tool is no match for the
battery adhesive. I can grab my plastic tool for more leverage,
but even then, the battery is bending at unsafe levels. Batteries are made up of positive and negative
layers all wrapped around each other. And if those layers bend or crush into each
other, the battery can short out, spark, and start a fire. So it’s super annoying when companies put
permanent adhesive underneath the batteries. And for that reason alone, I highly recommend
that you do not buy this phone. Future battery replacements would be near
impossible and recycling the phone after it’s life is over is even harder. Instead, just buy a phone that can be repaired
and recycled easier than this one. Along with the unnecessary amount of adhesive,
Nokia also put the display flex ribbon right under the battery in prime prying location. My efforts to remove the battery ripped the
ribbon cable for the screen, most likely killing the display. The battery also sits on top of an old school
first generation under screen fingerprint scanner, which is probably why it struggled
so hard to function. It doesn’t work near as well as the later
under screen fingerprint scanners with lenses and better sensors like inside the OnePlus
phones. I’ll put the 3320 milliamp hour battery back
in its slot over the copper heat pipe. And now it’s time to see if I accidentally
killed this thing by removing the battery. I’ll try smashing the quintuplet cameras back
into each of their own little square holes in the motherboard It’s kind of hard to line
them all up with their squirrely ribbon cables. Honestly, this phone does look really cool
inside, but it’s definitely not one of my favorite phones to take apart. I mean, except for snapping in all 5 camera
ribbons like little Legos. I’ll do that part again any day. I’ll get the front camera back into place,
and then the battery gets plugged in and the 5 screws holding down the motherboard. Then I can clip in the back panel ribbon cable
and get the plastics all situated with their screws. And unfortunately, just like I feared, the
aggressive battery removal toward the display ribbon that was hidden underneath the battery,
I only get vibration and sound, but no image. Usually we are successful with these reassemblies
even though we go in without knowing what to expect. So I guess could we say that the Nokia 9 fails
the teardown? Until companies stop putting permanent adhesive
under their batteries, I’m going to suggest not buying this phone. Simple pull tabs or gentle adhesive is more
than enough, and it’s not like the batteries are going to go try to escape all on their
own. Either way, don’t forget to grab your free
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100 Replies to “Nokia 9 Teardown! – How do all these Cameras work?!”

  1. It is so sad story that they destroyed so awesome corporation like Nokia phones with bad decisions. HMD Global doesn't seem to do any better for Nokia phone brand either.

  2. disposable phones. designed to last one year and subsequent years are just pushing it it and you should have thrown it in the garbage after a year and six months to get a new disposable phone.

  3. I always wonder if majority of the consumers are gonna replace their phones every two years then what's the point of fidgeting over the amount of adhesive used. You're not supposed to open up your phone anyway.

  4. When Jerry says this phone is innovative and under development… Well it is good to hear and later when he said i highly recommend do not buy this phone.. 😆😆Ahh okay..

  5. I got an challenge for you.
    Og you remove the wierless charging from one phone. An install it on a phone that
    Dosen't have it.

  6. Okay as Egyptians we call it لبس lapsthats the way we spell it i don't meen laps
    And thats me literally like that u are walking with a un focus mind and u just hat the light column

  7. The first aeroplane was made in India…. In Nalanda University of India… Britishers set that university on fire when they had to leave India… If u wanna to check about it see it on google

  8. For everyone's interest:
    The first ever plane that was able to take off on its own was made by Traian Vuia, of Romanian origins.
    The Wright brothers used rails to launch their machine.

  9. Nokia's battery never fails easily.. am using my lumia 925 since 6 years, still working fine with same battery power. ..

  10. Been watching a crap ton of your videos lately. Easily one of the best, informative and most enjoyable tech youtubers around.

  11. Jerry on Smartphone Durability Awards 2018: Nokia has yet to make weak smartphones.

    Nokia: Builds Nokia 9 that failed on teardown this 2019

    Jerry: Oopsie

  12. If you're to replace the battery of a phone with substantial glue like this, I'd strongly recommend running the phone down to as close to zero percent as possible first (there are power virus apps that will do it in under an hour).

    The batteries are much safer when discharged – they catch fire because of them heating up so much due to the short that they start burning, they aren't inherently that flammable.

    Of course there'll still be some reserve charge so not fully safe, but much more so, in fact as you're replacing the battery anyway, doesn't really hurt to do this for any phone, just to be sure.

  13. He could've made this video sooner and saved all the people from buying this phone. I'd be pissed off if I was one of those 2 people!

  14. OK – you have 4.97M subscribers. And you are STILL pushing a freaking sponsor for two minutes of the video? You are f…… GREEDY!

  15. Everyone complains about Apple but seriously this isn’t Better in Therms of repairs or Camera design

    Don‘t take this serious its just my opinion

  16. Este man no sabe desarmar un teléfono..todos los celus que abre lo abre de mal manera..otros canales lo hacen mejor y más chevere y con herramientas acorde al teléfono no forzando..y luego los arman de nuevo y quedan como si nada..

  17. Remember when the backing just clicks in with the battery just sliding out with no adhesive. Like the first thing out of the phone is the battery . Like the Samsung Galaxy 3

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