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.

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
  • 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

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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.
  • 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.

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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.
  • 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.

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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.
  • 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.

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

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Deck the Halls
With tools and Fix Kits
Before we take the frame aside we take a short look at the loudspeaker which is embedded with a mild double sided adhesive tape. Before we take the frame aside we take a short look at the loudspeaker which is embedded with a mild double sided adhesive tape.
  • Before we take the frame aside we take a short look at the loudspeaker which is embedded with a mild double sided adhesive tape.

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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.
  • 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.

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

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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.
  • 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.

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

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

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

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

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)

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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

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