Samsung Galaxy S9+ teardown explains the dual aperture camera

The Galaxy S9+ teardown reveals how the dual aperture camera works as well as the hardships one has to face to repair the phone.

Published Date
12 - Mar - 2018
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12 - Mar - 2018
Samsung Galaxy S9+ teardown explains the dual aperture camera

Samsung spoke about reimagining the camera during the launch of the Galaxy S9+. The dual aperture camera at the back of the S9Where to buy 1499 and the S9+ is one of the first in the global smartphone landscape, and iFixit’s teardown gaves us a more closer look at the new technology.To dig deeper into how the camera works, read this.

iFixit noted that while most cameras use a number of aperture blades, usually up to five. It is to keep the the aperture roughly circular when adjusting the f-stop of the lenses. The Galaxy S9Where to buy 1499+, however, employs a two-ring blade to adjust between f/1.5 and f/2.4.

The S9Where to buy 1499+ camera also comes with a DRAM, which is placed under the image sensor. The DRAM is mostly responsible for shooting the Super Slo-Mo videos at 960fps. Sony had done something similar last year as well.

The teardown also confirms that Samsung does not have anything for advanced face detection. Unlike the dot-projector camera on the iPhone X that can 3D map your face, the AR Emoji feature on the S9Where to buy 1499 is purely software-based.

Apart from this, it was a pretty standard surgery for iFixit. There’s hardly much to discern from last year’s models. It’s perhaps even more difficult to open it now. The fingerprint sensor and the display cables are routed in such a way that it’s too easy to tear them out accidentally when opening up the phone for the first time.

Samsung has also made it easier to replace parts independently of each other by making them somewhat modular. But you will essentially have to take apart the entire phone to fix the panel. iFixit also noted that the specs of the battery used on the Note 9 is exactly the same as that used in the ill-fated Galaxy Note 7. But they are not the same batteries.

More importantly, repairing the Galaxy S9Where to buy 1499 or the S9+ could be a costly affair. Samsung has used generous amounts of adhesive to seal the device and make it watertight. iFixit gave the phone a repairability score of 4 out of 10, which is pretty much in line with its predecessors.

Image Courtesy: iFixit

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