Popular YouTuber Zack Nelson, who runs the channel JerryRigEverything, has again turned a design marvel into a piece of nerdy art. After turning the Galaxy Note 8 and Galaxy S8 naked, Nelson turns the latest and super expensive Galaxy S9 transparent. Before you start dismantling your prized possession, it is advisable not to do so. (It requires some serious skills!). One must also note that making a transparent phone also nulls all the warranties associated with it.
Nelson starts by heating the rear panel of the Galaxy S9 to slowly slice through the adhesive on the sides. This is a trickier process as going too harsh on the slicing can potentially damage the fingerprint sensor at the back or the wireless charging pad. Once the glass panel at the back is sliced out, the plastic mid-layer is exposed. Once the mid-layer is exposed, Nelson takes out some of the components, with the exception of a few such as the loud-speaker and wireless charging pad, in order to make the device useful even after it has been turned transparent.
Now begins the real deal of turning the back ‘glass’ cover transparent. The variant used for this video is in black and after putting the necessary components back together, Nelson starts peeling off the paint to reveal the transparent layer. It is to be noted that by removing the paint layer, the Galaxy S9 becomes more fragile than before as there is no cushioning between the glass panel and the paint. Additionally, the water resistant feature also gets peeled off in the transparent version.
In case, you are inspired by the video and really want to turn your Galaxy S9 transparent, it is best to probably wait for the warranty to expire and then get your hands dirty. Or, you can simply snap on a different back case to add some shine.
In his previous videos, Nelson also puts the Galaxy S9 to some serious torture. It is on level six of the scratch test that the device starts showing signs of damage. The cameras are equally robust and do not scratch easily, while the fire test lasts only 12 seconds before the display starts losing pixels. In the bend test, the smartphone easily endured front and back flexes, owing to the stronger aluminum frame.
Recently, folks at iFixit tore down the Samsung Galaxy S9+ to see how the much-hyped dual-aperture camera works. It was found that the dual aperture functionality has been achieved by modifying the design of the camera module. For this, the company has used two ring-like blades to let the inflow of light. The blades allow for the aperture to be set at either f/1.5 or f/2.4 aperture and not actually vary between the two. This also makes the camera module smaller in design.