Introduction

The shift 5.1 is a 5 inch smart phone from the company shift located in Germany. It replaces the first version shift5 from their so called #lovephone series. Shift claims to produce its mobile devices mostly under fair conditions and is trying to use conflict free materials where possible.

This teardown is not a repair guide. To repair your Shift 5.1, use our service manual.

  1. The shift5.1 is the second biggest smartphone in the Shift series and features these specs:
    • The shift5.1 is the second biggest smartphone in the Shift series and features these specs:

      • 5-inch HD IPS display with a resolution of 1280x720 pixels (293,72 ppi)

      • Mediatek MT6582 Quadcore SoC with 1.3 GHz

      • 2GB DDR RAM + 16 GB internal memory

      • Dual sim (regular and micro sized)

      • 2000 mAh user-removable Li-Polymer battery

      • 5 MP front and 8 MP rear camera

      • Android​ 5.1 Lollipop

    Add Comment

  2. The shift5.1 measures in at 144 x 72 x 7 mm and weighs 140 grams.
    • The shift5.1 measures in at 144 x 72 x 7 mm and weighs 140 grams.

      • This makes it about the same size as the Fairphone 2. But a lot thinner.

    • For those who did not already know—it holds a small warning on its rear case:

      • smartphones can be timekillers. there is no greater gift for you today, than the next 24hours. use them wisely. people are more important than machines.

    Add Comment

    • Having a user-removable battery usually equates to an easily removed back cover.

    • And that's what it is: very easy. We start with a small notch at the lower end of the cover and the flexible black plastic gives way to reveal the battery.

    Add Comment

    • Taking the battery out is also easy as pie.

    • The 2000 mAh brings you 7.6 Wh at 3.8V, settling behind the 9.2 Wh from the Fairphone 2 battery.

    Add Comment

    • We bring out the Phillips #000 to loosen the seven screws and get further into the shift5.1.

    • A plastic opening tool helps us prying away the plastic frame.

    Add Comment

    • Before we take the frame aside we take a short look at the loudspeaker which is embedded with a mild double sided adhesive tape.

    Add Comment

    • On the back of the display unit we see the motherboard with a multitude of components mounted on it.

    • We unplug both of the display connectors and peel the volume buttons and power button unit loose from the frame.

    • A single Phillips screw holds the motherboard in place.

    Add Comment

    • Now we can careful lift up the motherboard and take away the 8 MP rear camera.

    Add Comment

    • In regular teardown fashion, we get to work peeling up the strongly-adhered plastic cover in the base of the battery housing.

    • This huge black adhesive plastic foil hides the interconnect cable running from the motherboard to the daughterboard.

      • Breaking up adhesive is usually a destructive process, and this means that a simple daughterboard may become complicated quickly.

    • There is also a little adhesive tape over the daughterboard.

    Add Comment

    • After lifting the vibrator and the microphone carefully out of their recesses we free the daughterboard by loosening two more Phillips screws.

    Add Comment

    • And here we have the heart of the shift5.1:

    Add Comment

    • On the flip side we're met with an unfortunate surprise:

    • All the remaining components are soldered to the motherboard, including the front facing camera, headphone jack and the power and volume buttons.

      • While taking a soldering iron to these connections isn't impossible, unskilled users would have trouble replacing these components without damaging their hardware.

    Add Comment

    • Last but not least we have the remaining display which carries the earpiece speaker.

    • Taking it out leaves us with the fused display which carries a GOODiX GT9147 touch screen controller on the flex cable.

    Is that a Goodix touch screen controler on the flex tail?

    Jim Morrison - Reply

    Hey Jim, yes it is. Thanks for the hint. We updated the step.

    Tobias Isakeit -

    the display can be changed in 2 ways:

    either with the a-frame or without. if changing only display without a-frame, you only need to open 2 connectors and take of the display and stick the new one on with the sticker-set, that comes with the display. this way you do not need to take out the electronics and you will be done much faster ;-). You can get any SHIFT spare part you want and need at: support@shiftphones.com

    cwaldeck - Reply

    • And here we have the shift5.1 spread out on the teardown table showing us all it has to offer.

    wow! we are impressed. thanks iFixit!!! you did a very good job on the content, translation and the pictures!

    cwaldeck - Reply

  3. Final Thoughts
    • Cover and battery are easy to remove and can be swapped without using tools.
    • No excessive glue and no proprietary screws are used, only Phillips #000.
    • Shift offers a forum and a youtube channel with some information and tutorials (unfortunately only in German).
    • The fused display can be changed but you need to take out everything else reminding us of the iPhone 4 and 4s.
    • Lots of components and connectors are soldered to the motherboard. They could be soldered by hand if needed but this makes repairs more difficult.
    Repairability Score
    6
    Repairability 6 out of 10
    (10 is easiest to repair)

2 Comments

the display can be changed in 2 ways:

either with the a-frame or without. if changing only display without a-frame, you only need to open 2 connectors and take of the display and stick the new one on with the sticker-set, that comes with the display. this way you do not need to take out the electronics and you will be done much faster ;-).

cwaldeck - Reply

by the way:

You can get any SHIFT spare part you want and need at: support@shiftphones.com

cwaldeck - Reply

Add Comment

View Statistics:

Past 24 Hours: 3

Past 7 Days: 24

Past 30 Days: 145

All Time: 3,145