Galaxy S9 Teardown – Variable Aperture Camera lens Revealed!

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


  • Mi Shan

    October 30, 2018

    Variable Aperture you will see this on 2020 iPhone 😂😂😂😂😂

  • Pabrey Ramos

    November 6, 2018

    crazy… good job men

  • Oreo Sauce

    November 8, 2018

    Why am I watching this I have an iPhone?

  • Saran Santhosh

    November 14, 2018

    Send the s9

  • 2B Films

    November 15, 2018

    4:21 Apple is usually 2 years behind… Thats why i don't like apple

  • andre jakob

    November 17, 2018

    2020:Apple created a variable aperture iphone and calls it "innovation" and dumb people will believe it😂

  • Yash Gupta

    November 20, 2018

    please make video on a9 2018

  • techlove to

    November 22, 2018

    Honor 10


    November 22, 2018

    2020 for iphone variable camera!he called it ill be back if it happens hehe

  • James Doyle

    November 25, 2018

    I need a replacement screen and it's just the glass that's broken can you advise me where I could purchase from

  • Trinity Lea

    November 26, 2018

    I love Apple! They are the best!


    November 28, 2018

    can i please have an old phone [email protected]@t +267 77055477

  • Tx66

    December 4, 2018

    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?

  • Mudasir Bhat

    December 4, 2018

    Do samsung j7 pro durability test

  • ben ten

    December 5, 2018

    0:30 you fucked up the fingerprint button

  • flamesaiyan

    December 9, 2018

    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.

  • Donnie Montoya

    December 14, 2018

    Dont know if you've ever done this but what would the image look like if you used just the sensor without the lens?

  • Imf44

    December 15, 2018

    Galaxy S NEIN


    December 16, 2018

    Apple is usually 2 years behind, so you'll see this in 2020.
    hahah pmsl

  • Parsa Kondori

    December 17, 2018

    That’s my phone!


    December 21, 2018

    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.

  • TheWebana

    December 23, 2018

    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!

  • M Koen

    December 26, 2018

    give me underwear

  • Kush Smoke

    December 28, 2018

    I sent him my phone to make it transparent and he does this

  • Bogdan Toma

    December 29, 2018

    How do you know the battery will keep 95% of battery in 2 years?

  • Akash Zachariah

    December 29, 2018

    This phone belongs in the art museum, great design 😍

  • Keaton8706

    December 31, 2018

    Get off Samsung’s dick tear the phone down and shut the fuck up

  • Malcolm Francisco

    January 3, 2019

    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!

  • Abhiram Sandheep

    January 11, 2019

    Idk why but, Zack must've done something to legos when he was a kid…

  • Omar Ampudia

    January 13, 2019

    does somebody knows where to buy an original s9 plus rear camera?

  • ZinoAmare

    January 19, 2019

    Is the s9 plus the same?

  • motherlover505

    January 22, 2019

    I love how this man roast Apple every second he can

  • Goblin 01

    January 30, 2019


    "Warning : Do not disassemble, crush, puncture, heat, burn or reuse.."

    heats the battery

  • S. Garr.

    February 1, 2019

    I'm not suggesting murder, but it's possible.

  • be like dude

    February 3, 2019


  • Jakiś Typ

    February 6, 2019

    U use the same kit as me but red i have blue

  • G Chandra Sekhar

    February 8, 2019

    I wanna see Apple people's reaction 😂

  • Dr Rock

    February 9, 2019

    Anodize is an extremely hard coating that will not scratch off that easily. Yeah, the metal case is probably painted.

  • Corvo Attano

    February 10, 2019

    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?

  • ashok salve

    February 11, 2019

    So basically screen replacement is so expensive for s9

  • LazyPotato

    February 13, 2019

    Your voice making me sleepy

  • etc arief

    February 13, 2019


  • Bogdan Toma

    February 15, 2019

    Is there any chances the variable aperture to fail?

  • Robert_CZLP

    February 17, 2019

    Zack, thats not bixby button that was power button, bixby was on other side

  • Sem Fs

    February 18, 2019

    Please band test samsung galaxy a7 2018

  • Piotr Przybycien

    February 19, 2019

    Masz wkurwiający głos

  • Nikson G.G

    February 21, 2019

    Samsung S10 teardown

  • abdullah riaz

    February 21, 2019

    Hey s10 is here.please make video of teardown on s10

  • Francis Dinglasan

    February 22, 2019

    S10 plus tear down please

  • Kiran Jadhav

    February 22, 2019

    now s 10

  • Rohit Singh

    February 22, 2019

    Jerry the Tear Down God…If Not Thanos😆

  • Trifon Krumov

    February 23, 2019

    Hey @jerryrigeverything can u make teardown video on galaxy s9 plus?

  • Jithin Joseph

    March 5, 2019

    how repairable is the galaxy s9 and s9+ compared to the s10 series?

  • Kristaps Birins

    March 6, 2019

    Watching on S9:D

  • AliK7

    March 6, 2019

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

    Apple makes u remove everything to reach the charging port

  • yoseph tangly

    March 8, 2019

    @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.

  • Dylan Foreman

    March 9, 2019

    Let Bixby burn

  • Awakened Bahamut

    March 12, 2019

    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?

  • leemjeehoon

    March 16, 2019

    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.

  • Eduard

    March 16, 2019

    Advertising Samsung a little bit . 😁 Have you Samsung Sponsor?

  • Adreiaun

    March 22, 2019

    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?

  • Fox The Husky

    March 23, 2019

    "I'm not suggesting murder I'm just saying it's possible", has me dead😂

  • Drivista 1

    March 29, 2019

    Ahm….Wheres the video with the different types of phone vibration motors?😂👨‍💻🤷‍♂️

  • Maky L

    March 30, 2019

    I use to see your video on tearing down the pixel but i got past asleep listening to your voice. hahaha

  • David O

    April 16, 2019

    Watching on my galaxy s9

  • junior Boville Aka legendary

    April 19, 2019

    Nice …. send me a case like that. Loving it 🤳🤳

  • Naglizz

    April 22, 2019

    Now imagine you remove the back camera, turn on the phone and the rear camera still works…

  • Anish Kumar

    April 22, 2019

    Still waiting for the vibrator explanation video.

  • Owen Donaldson

    May 7, 2019

    Hes an anti-apple user too!! Yeaaaaaa

  • z_german

    May 8, 2019

    The Galaxy S9 is my favorite phone.

  • CommanderTaco

    May 17, 2019

    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

  • Juan Smart

    May 22, 2019

    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?

  • Alex Weber

    May 24, 2019

    Went and bought a dbrand case. Your channel is awesome

  • Blake Miles

    May 24, 2019

    S9 gang??🔥

  • Saaticet

    May 29, 2019

    My phone shop has the s9 and s10 xD

  • Asher Allen

    June 13, 2019

    Hey do you have any old s9 laying around i could use. I really do need a motherboard

  • Nagendra Agrawat

    June 15, 2019

    Can you tall me these Tool's name

  • Adam Biersack

    June 18, 2019

    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

  • sonu sharma

    June 27, 2019

    Very bad

  • Carlos Duarte

    July 4, 2019

    S9+ have OIS in both cameras?

  • minunin mc

    July 5, 2019

    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!

  • Giovanni R Alejo

    July 7, 2019

    Should've done the S9+

  • Ellis The DJ

    July 19, 2019

    apple being using light defuser for a while now Is that zack being nice to apple for once hah ha

  • Kamlesh Sharma

    July 21, 2019

    In s9+ both camera are ois ?

  • Slairix

    July 25, 2019

    RIP little Mite 6:15

  • Talking Hank the Yenji 2019 AUTTP

    July 27, 2019

    A eight megapixel camera

  • Joseph Silbiger

    July 31, 2019

    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

  • Xiaojun Li

    July 31, 2019

    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…..

  • crezman

    August 13, 2019

    If I did that, that phone would never go back together again.

  • Saad Shaikh

    August 20, 2019

    How image will look if we dont attach lens infront of image sensor ?

  • Nikhil Kulkarni

    August 25, 2019

    Video about the types of vibrators please

  • velikimrav 123

    August 27, 2019

    Coming from the future,applenis still years behind,although i do kind of find it weird that 9 beats 10..

  • Gage Hall

    September 11, 2019

    Well phone works and bixbi is dead, thanks jarry

  • Chandan Pramanick

    September 15, 2019

    what is the blue & white cable connecting to motherboard from charging pcb?

  • Mehmet Selim Ayaydin

    September 16, 2019

    Whos watching this on an s9 😂

    Like if Yes
    Comment if No

  • Hiranmoy Ghosh

    September 18, 2019

    Im just mad when he doesn't pit the camera back

  • sangamesh sangamesh kr

    September 22, 2019

    Hi jerry when is the tipes of vibrator motor in phone video comming

  • i want fallout 3 please

    September 30, 2019

    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

  • Michael McKeay

    October 13, 2019

    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.

  • The King Giovanne Revilla

    October 16, 2019

    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+.


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