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.

Image 1/3: 5-inch HD IPS display with a resolution of 1280x720 pixels (293,72 ppi) Image 2/3: Mediatek MT6582 Quadcore SoC with 1.3 GHz Image 3/3: 2GB DDR RAM + 16 GB internal memory
  • 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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Image 1/2: This makes it about the same size as the [https://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/Fairphone+2+Teardown/52523|Fairphone 2]. But a lot thinner. Image 2/2: For those who did not already know—it holds a small warning on its rear case:
  • 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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Image 1/2: 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. Image 2/2: 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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Image 1/2: The 2000 mAh brings you 7.6 Wh at 3.8V, settling behind the 9.2 Wh from the Fairphone 2 battery. Image 2/2: 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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Image 1/3: A plastic opening tool helps us prying away the plastic frame. Image 2/3: A plastic opening tool helps us prying away the plastic frame. Image 3/3: 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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  • 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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Image 1/3: We unplug both of the display connectors and peel the volume buttons and power button unit loose from the frame. Image 2/3: A single Phillips screw holds the motherboard in place. Image 3/3: 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.

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Image 1/3: This huge black adhesive plastic foil hides the interconnect cable running from the motherboard to the daughterboard. Image 2/3: Breaking up adhesive is usually a destructive process, and this means that a simple daughterboard may become complicated quickly. Image 3/3: There is also a little adhesive tape over the daughterboard.
  • 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.

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Image 1/1: Mediatek MT6582 SoC with an [http://www.arm.com/products/processors/cortex-a/cortex-a7.php|ARM Cortex A7]
  • And here we have the heart of the shift5.1:

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Image 1/1: All the remaining components are soldered to the motherboard, including the front facing camera, headphone jack and the power and volume buttons.
  • 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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Image 1/3: Taking it out leaves us with the fused display which carries a [http://www.goodix.com/Products/touchscreen-chip-for-mobilephone/hotknot/|GOODiX GT9147|new_window=true] touch screen controller on the flex cable. Image 2/3: Taking it out leaves us with the fused display which carries a [http://www.goodix.com/Products/touchscreen-chip-for-mobilephone/hotknot/|GOODiX GT9147|new_window=true] touch screen controller on the flex cable. Image 3/3: Taking it out leaves us with the fused display which carries a [http://www.goodix.com/Products/touchscreen-chip-for-mobilephone/hotknot/|GOODiX GT9147|new_window=true] 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

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  • 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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