Vivo Nex S Teardown – Battle of the Pop Up Cameras!


Two phones – the first flagships of their
kind with hidden motorized cameras. One that survived my durability test, and
one that, well…one that didn’t. Today we’ll be tearing down the survivor,
the Vivo Nex S, and reviewing it from the inside. And comparing the internal camera motor against
it’s fallen comrade: the Oppo Find X. This is seriously one of the coolest and unique
phones that I have ever opened up. Vivo is taking hardware to the next level
and the only place to see it from the inside is here. Let’s get started. [Intro] I’ve already turned this phone clear by removing
that psychedelic back coating under the glass, which allowed us a tiny glimpse or preview
of some of the internal hardware. It’ll be a little easier to remove the back
glass adhesive this time around since it’s already been done. But of course, the first step in any dissection
is putting the patient to sleep. We don’t want his waking up during what happens
next. I’m fairly confident he’ll survive the operation…mostly. Cross your fingers just in case. Heat is still important and then the whole
back glass panel should pull up and away from the phone body in one piece. Now we can access the metal plate covering
the motherboard and see parts of the camera motor mechanism. After removing all of the screws we can start
accessing the good stuff. I’ll unplug the battery first, which is actually
pretty unique. We’ll unbury the battery more in a second. The side button ribbons unplug, and then the
two super long extension ribbons unclip like little Legos. The black, blue, and white ribbons unsnap
from their circular connectors. And the front sensors up at the top also unplug. The dual rear cameras along with that vibrating
piezoelectric earpiece unclip as well. The earpiece is still under the motherboard,
but we’ll get to see it in just a second. The motherboard, unfortunately, is still rather
intertwined with that front camera mechanism. So I’ll remove the two screws holding down
the silver plate over that camera ribbon. One of the screws though, is the super tricky
stand-off screw that we’ve seen in some of the iPhones. A screw within a screw. A little trick to solving this is to take
a thin flathead and put it between the notches on the stand-off and twist it off axis, allowing
it to rotate and then I can move that metal plate and unclip the super long front facing
camera ribbon cable, releasing the motherboard and I can pull it away from the phone body. Nothing cool to see on the motherboard itself,
just the shape is definitely unique. Everything else interesting is still in the
frame, like these dual rear cameras. The 12 megapixel main camera has optical image
stabilization, but the top 5 megapixel depth sensor does not have any hardware stabilizing. Remember that this phone doesn’t actually
have an earpiece speaker or an earpiece grille. Instead it uses a little contraption called
a piezoelectric vibrator that literally turns the metal frame of the phone into a speaker. It sounds like everyone you call is on speakerphone
all of the time, so I’m not the biggest fan. But it is still cool and interesting technology. I showed an example of how it sounds during
my Nex S durability test video if you want to go back and get a taste of that. It’s interesting to see it now from the inside
though. Getting the front facing camera rails and
motor out was actually pretty complicated. There were a few hidden screws and little
black plastic contraption to keep the motor from jamming too far down into the phone body. But eventually I was able to pull out that
stepper motor…but the camera was a different story. On the left side of the camera mechanism there’s
a little metal stopper screwed into the camera shaft. Once that stopper is removed, then the whole
camera can pull up and out of the phone body from the top. It’s super smart of Vivo to include hard physical
stoppers at both ends of the camera track. Now that the Vivo’s disassembled, let’s jump
into the other mechanical camera smartphone for a second: the Oppo Find X, and we can
compare the motors side by side. Remember, Vivo is just moving one camera in
their phones. Oppo is moving 3 cameras and the whole top
of the phone. This guy’s had a rough couple days and didn’t
quite survive my durability test, so I can’t exactly turn it off either at this point since
the screen is shattered. So we’ll just have to operate while the patient
is still awake this time. There are quite a few screws holding on the
back plastic panel, but that’s all we have to remove to find the motor inside the Find
X. Surprisingly it’s smaller than the motor inside of the Vivo Nex, which is interesting
because the Find X payload, the whole top of the phone, is substantially larger and
heavier than the singular pop-up 8 megapixel camera on top of the Nex S. Oppo has said
their motor is good for 300,000 actuations, which, if you used your selfie camera 100
times a day, would last you about 8 years. The Nex S camera is rated by Vivo to get at
least 50,000 lifts, which at the same 100 selfies a day, would last you 1.3 years. Each of these claims, of course, are made
by the manufacturer, so take that how you want. All we know for sure is that Vivo’s motor
is bigger, more secure, and is lifting less. So Oppo’s claim of 300,000 might be a little
generous. Either way, I’m not going to count to 50,000
to find out. I bet we could talk Linus into it though. Remember how the Vivo battery is silver? Turns out it is covered with a metal plate. This phone has surprises around every corner. Down at the bottom of the phone we have 8
screws protecting our last bit of hardware. The black plastic comes up and it’s physically
attached to the loudspeaker. Nothing super surprising down here. That vibration motor though has got to be
feeling pretty inferior next to the camera motor. He’s much smaller than we normally see in
flagships. I know it might be embarrassing to have your
bits exposed, but there is one more thing we need to look at: the in-screen fingerprint
scanner. It’s buried under that last remaining board
which has 2 ribbon cables, and of course, the SIM card tray which comes out of the bottom. We’ll set that off to the side. The charging port board has the SIM card tray
and the USB-C charging port, which is all pretty normal. The only other in-screen fingerprint scanning
phone we’ve seen is the X20 Plus, also from Vivo, but the one on this Nex S is different. It’s still glued against the glass, so removing
it will be impossible without cracking the screen. But this time around it looks like it has
an extra sensor under the screen. It looks like a light sensor or a camera. I’m not totally sure. Either way, it’s part of the in-screen fingerprint
scanning technology and it has changed since last year’s X20 Plus. It’s does look like there’s a little bit of
ingress protection around the microphone hole. And a rubber ring around the charging port. So water-resistance wasn’t thrown entirely
out the window with this phone, but I still wouldn’t trust it around water. Some protection is always better than no protection
though. Speaking of protection, the metal plate covering
this battery has 6 screws of it’s own, and once those are out, the whole thousand milliamp
hour battery comes away from the phone body with zero adhesive holding it down. This is a pretty incredible phone from the
inside as well as the outside. I’ll get that charging port back into place. And believe it or not, the goal of my channel
is to not destroy phones but actually keep them working as long as possible. I do have my doubts about this little guy
coming back together in one piece though. Our friend Nex might never wake up again. This guy is a little more complicated than
normal. The fingerprint scanner and screen are clipped
in, and then all of our little wire cable buddies get routed into their positions before
the loudspeaker and it’s 8 screws plop into place to protect the phone’s bottom components
and hide that itty bitty vibrator. Getting the camera contraption back into place
is like playing one of those brain puzzles without any instructions, you’ve got to kind
of just put everything back into place and hope you don’t have any screws left over at
the end. The important bit is that tiny top stopper
though. Once that little guy is secure, and as long
as all the screws are still organized from the teardown, the reassembly process flows
pretty smoothly. After the motor gizmo is tightened down, the
motherboard can slip over top of the piezoelectric speaker and the rear camera modules, taking
special care of course to not pinch any ribbon cables on the underside of that board. This time around everything plugs into the
top of the motherboard, including that super long front facing camera ribbon which has
this little silver metal plate keeping the ribbon from pinching itself or coming disconnected
as the camera moves up and down. I’ll plug in the front sensor ribbon along
with the earpiece vibrator, both rear cameras and side buttons. And finally, the extension ribbons and the
battery plug itself. The metal motherboard plate with it’s screws
are set into place, and finally we can see if our buddy Nex wakes up from his full body
operation. Surprisingly enough, he turns on, and even
more impressive, the camera still works. Trust me, I’m just as surprised as you are. This phone is definitely not meant to be repaired. It’s a premium, high-tech phone, not built
for the masses, and really meant to not be taken apart or fixed, so be gentle with it. I’ll get my custom clear back glass panel
in place. I still seriously think this is one of the
coolest looking phones on the planet, even more so now that we’ve explored it from the
inside. I know this video is a bit longer than normal,
so thanks for sticking around all the way through it. Should I try to keep the video shorter from
now on or are you okay with projects taking longer than a few minutes? Let me know in the comments. Hit that subscribe button if you haven’t already,
and thanks a ton for watching. I’ll see you around.

100 Replies to “Vivo Nex S Teardown – Battle of the Pop Up Cameras!”

  1. I am worried because it can effect my refurbushing business of screen.
    Also pls guide me how you think upcoming technology would effect my repair business.
    At the same time what should we do to keep ourselfs updates with latest takedown on repairs.

    Thanks in advance brother.

  2. imagine dropping this shit when it has it's camera sticking out just begging for it to break off. what a ridiculously stupid idea.

  3. Zack your videos are entertaining regardless of their length, but I prefer longer videos honestly because I enjoy hearing you speak. You should read books for audible!

  4. can someone tell me why this phone is very cheap, compared to other models? is there something that he’s inferior or the answer is slavery?

  5. I may have missed it but can you make a video of how you turn and glass panel back to clear? Would love to do my iPhone X clear before the Samsung S10 comes out.

  6. I would always rather hang around for thorough videos especially when it comes to teardowns. Speaking for myself longer videos don't deter me at all.

  7. Not sure if you read comments much but is this phone worth getting? I read in a couple places that it can be used internationally through GSM carriers. I do like the phone so hopefully it would be worth getting.

  8. I am Totally confused in this month
    Which bezelless phone i shuld have to purchase v15 or nex
    I choose this two phone due the price of both is comfortable for me
    I think nex is good but the camera is not comparativily good than v15 and also the version of this phone is less than v15
    If i wanted high processor & high ram and high qulaity smartphone with no lag, no heating issue,etc
    Then please suggest me which one i should purchase
    Or else i have to wait for upcomming updates

    Thank you

  9. I'm so okay with the long videos they're quite teaching and fun like movies hhhhhhh👌👌😉😉😉😉😉😉😉😊😊

  10. My Vivo Nex ran out of battery and won't turn on anymore – it is the A model, just before the Nex S. Does anybody have any ideas of what I can do? I can't buy any parts for it anywhere and the service centres are all in the wrong countries. If anyone has any ideas please let me know

  11. Lvl1: doin nothing to a phone
    Lvl2: putting a transparent back
    Lvl jerry: putting a transparent back and removing it to see the inside 🤦🏼‍♂️

  12. Bang hp nya jangan di rusakin terus kenapa bang sayang banget tau dari pada di rusakin mendingan buat saya saja..

  13. love the longer vids, really good level of detail and it"s helped me out once or twice, not to mention the entertainment.

  14. Hi, I have had my Vivo Nex for a year, yesterday I dropped it on it’s face and it cracked the amoled panel, the screen is completely unresponsive. I am currently trying to order parts and I will attempt the repair myself and phone repair shops don’t stock vivo parts in the uk. Am I right to open the back panel, unclio the screen from the phone and take off the front panel or do I have to strip out the whole phone to take off the screen? Any help will be grateful

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