Samsung Galaxy S9’s teardown shows dual-aperture camera

The recently revealed Samsung Galaxy S9 series: Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ Teardown are in the race of conquering the market with a tagline “The Camera. Reimagined”. Both the phones use the same main sensor, however, the S9+ comes with dual rear cameras. As with the headline, a teardown of the Galaxy S9+ by iFixit provides us with a closer look at what has been “reimagined”.

Considering the difficulties that the iFixit team had opening the handset, repairing the Galaxy S9+ might end up costing a pretty penny. Plenty of glue was used to keep a watertight bond, and inside, the Galaxy S9+ looks quite similar to last year’s model. There are changes, of course, besides a bump in specs. Even though there is a dual camera setup on the back this year, the cameras are really one part of a single PCB and a single connector. Speaking of the rear cameras, the variable aperture that allows users to switch between f/1.5 and f/2.4 on one sensor works with a couple of rotating rings that click into place when an aperture is set.



Just in case if you really want to get access to the camera make sure you remove the screws holding the black plastic that covers the components. After removing that, you should be able to separate the camera from the board.

As you can see from the image above, both rear sensors of the Galaxy S9+ is actually a single component sharing the same PCB and connector.

Since iFixit gives it a repairability score of 4 out of 10 based on this fact it might be possible to change the battery although it would be hard to do. Many components are modular and can be replaced by the owner, although to remove the display one must remove the glass rear panel while trying to fight the adhesive used to manufacture the handset.

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