OnePlus One Screen Repair

After almost three years I the glass of my OnePlus One broke. A repair shop in town refused to repair it, because it was a “not  so common” model (i.e. no Apple or Samsung phone).

The good thing is there’re several tear-down/screen replacement guides on the Internet. Also the screen + touch digitizer assembly + tools can be ordered from Amazon (for around 40€).

The phone is fairly easy to disassemble, and there’re tons of videos showing you the step by step (dis-)assembly.

There’s not much adhesives and it’s not very strong, so they’re not much of an issue (except the one for the battery, see below).

There’re still a few points to look out for:

  • the adhesive for the battery will deform the red wrapper around the battery
  • beware of the antenna connector behind the main board
  • don’t remove the ear piece speaker. It will more easily come apart than come out (and cost you around 3-5 € and 2-6 weeks of waiting time for a replacement) … been there, done that. 😐
  • there’s a thin black frame around the screen, don’t remove it. It has a small ledge on the inside where the screen assembly is fixed to with adhesive.
  • It’s quite a tedious task to heat up the corners of the screen frame and remove the old screen especially if it has splintered … and splinters of glass in the corners are the worst. 😫

In the end I managed to repair it, but the ribbon cable coming from the display is 3-5mm to long so it’s pushing on the display from below. After a few days one side of display separated from the adhesive tape below opening a gap. 😕

Passwörter und Fingerabdrücke mittels Smartphone abfilmen

Forscher der TU Berlin haben herausgefunden, dass die Frontkameras von Smartphones so gut auflösen, dass man an den Reflexionen in den Augen oder Brillen Passwörter auslesen kann.

Außerdem gelang es auch Fingerabdrücke mittels Rückkamera beim Greifen nach dem Gerät abzufilmen.

… man kann es auch als Nachtrag zu diesem Paper sehen.