In front of me we have the Umi Super Phone.
This is the same phone I did my durability test on so that’s why it has a couple scratcheson the back and a cracked screen on the front.
You can see when I turn the phone on thatthe top half of the screen does function but the part below the crack does not function.
So this phone only costs 200 dollars so it would normally not be cost effective to fix.
Parts are hard to find for this device, so why am I taking it apart? First off, so wecan analyze the build quality of a 200 dollar phone verses a 700 dollar phone, like theGalaxy S7.
And sometimes when you have important information on your phone and the screen breaks,you’ll need to Frankenstein two phones together in order to save or back up your information.
Many non-techy people don’t back up their pictures or text messages and are willingto pay money to recover those when their phone breaks.
So let’s get on with the tear down.
Holding down the power button just restarts the phone so we’re going to do this live.
Like you see, we’re going to remove the SIM card tray and the bottom plastic protectionsover the bottom and top of the phone.
There are 6 screws that hold the back housing intothe front housing, and then you can just pull that off the back.
All of the buttons do fallout which is extremely annoying.
The battery is a 4,000 milliamp battery.
The buttons willbe annoying later on, but I’ll show you how to deal with them.
There are 4 screwsaround this back plastic piece and then one more screw underneath the fingerprint scanner.
Tuck the fingerprint scanner through the back plastic and then pop that off of the phone.
Then there’s a little latch connection that holds the side buttons into place; you canjust lift that up and slide that out.
Remove the wire cable connector and unplug the batterysince this phone was not turned off when we started working on it.
That’s very important.
There’s not a lot of tape or sticky stuff underneath the battery; it just pops out onits own using the blunt end of my metal pry tool.
Be careful to not damage this extensionribbon cable.
This is just like you see on the One Plus series.
There’s another latchfor the screen ribbon so we’re going to pop that out.
And then there’s a weird littlecable that’s actually soldered onto the main board.
This design is not my favorite.
I’m going to remove the top tape and that exposes some more connections for us.
There’sa similar Lego-like connection right here at the top.
We’re going to pop that offand lift it up so it’s not in the way of the motherboard.
And the motherboard is releasedfrom the frame.
There’s a little metal pocket at the bottom of the motherboard that holdsit in place.
And then make sure you lift up the ear piece as well so that it doesn’tget caught.
I’m going to remove the rear facing camera and the front facing camerafrom the motherboard.
One has the Lego connection; the front facing has the latch.
The rear isa Panasonic 12 megapixel and the front is a 5 megapixel selfie camera.
Stick it backinto place; just tuck it in with the latch and plug the Lego one in.
And then make sureyou lock down the latch so that the camera doesn’t fall out if you ever drop your phone.
There are 4 screws at the bottom near the charging port.
Once those are off the topplastic piece will come away.
There aren’t any components on this plastic piece.
Unplugthe little wire connection and then unsnap the extension ribbon cable.
There’s onescrew holding the charging port into place, then you can pull that away after pullingoff the vibrator motor from the plastic itself.
We don’t want to damage those wires.
Hereis the type C charging port.
I will try to find replacement parts and link as many asI can down in the video description below, but if you’re trying to back up someone’sinformation you might just need to buy a new phone or swap motherboards and screens becausethis is the screen.
This is where you take your replacement parts and put them on thenew screen that’s working if you want to back up your data.
The screen is embeddedinto the metal frame.
I imagine if they sell parts at all it will be without the metalframe.
You’ll need to transfer the new LCD into the old frame after removing the crackedLCD.
Kind of complicated.
Putting the charging port back into place.
Plug in the extensionribbon cable, the wire and the little screw underneath the plastic panel.
And then thereare 4 screws that hold the top panel in place.
Motherboard gets tucked in after making surethere are no wires or ribbon cables underneath it, you don’t want to pinch those down.
Set the earpiece into place and the motherboard gets tucked underneath that little metal edgeon the bottom right corner.
Get all the buttons in place.
Plug in that wire cable connection.
Slide the ribbon cable into the latch and latch it down after making sure all the contactsare straight.
If that ribbon cable is kinked at all and the contacts aren’t touchingwhere they should be, it’s not going to work right.
Get the top ribbon cable snappeddown like a little Lego.
And put the tape back into place.
The tape isn’t super mandatoryso if you rip that or anything, just try to stick it back as best as possible.
Volumebuttons are plugged in and the battery is the last thing that we’re going to plugin so there’s no power coursing through the board.
I’m going to test the phone beforeI put the back panel on and it looks like everything is working besides the fact thatmy phone is still busted from the durability test.
Put the back plastic on.
Get those 5screws into place before tacking down the fingerprint scanner.
Now these buttons aresuper annoying.
They are not held into the back housing, I imagine because this is a200 dollar phone design.
So I’m setting those into place as best I can and then I’mjust taking the top of the phone, motherboard and the screen, and setting that down intothe back instead of the other way around which is how I would usually do it.
That way thebuttons don’t fall out when I’m moving the back panel.
There are 6 screws holdingdown the back panel into the front housing.
And then we’re going to put those plasticpieces back into place as well.
They just tuck in.
It’s actually a lot easier to usethe snapping back pieces than it is to use the glue covered ones on the Nexus 6P.
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Check out my durability video ofthis Umi Super Phone.
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