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 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”.

Samsung Galaxy S9

It will cost a bit much to repair the Galaxy S9+ as the iFixit team did some improvements with the handset. The manufacturers have used plenty of glue to keep a watertight bond. Additionally, 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. And this feature lets us click into place when an aperture is set.



S9 Plus camera view


S9 camera view



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.

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 is hard to do. Many components are modular. The user can easily replace it. Although to remove the display one must remove the glass rear panel. However, it will be difficult to do it as well.


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