Here's how to build your own Samsung flagship off the shelf


Oh, the streets of Shenzhen, where you can be automatically fined for jaywalking and the fine extracted from your messenger/social app account before you have reached your destination. The other things you can buy there are electronics' parts. Lots and lots of cables, boards, cameras, housing, memory and plenty of other geeky paraphernalia that would make Inspector Gadget proud.

Remember that viral video of Scottie from Strange Parts who managed to concoct his own iPhone by just strolling the streets in Shenzhen and buying spare parts? Well, fast forward two years, and, with a bit more experience in the country, and a bit more Mandarin, that same guy is now trying to replicate the success with an Android phone

Funnily enough, the task is not easier, as he initially wanted to build a Galaxy S10 but the phone is too fresh on the market, so logic boards and other basic stuff are hard to come by. There were plenty of S9 and S8 parts, though, so the guy went for an S9+. 

The process, though, is worth watching in its entirety, and one can suddenly realize why it would be so hard for any company to move production completely out of China. Since iPhones are manufactured there, Scottie from Strange Parts deduced that more than half of the parts for sale in Shenzhen's sprawling underground components market are for Apple's finest, and the rest is for all Android manufacturers combined. 

Samsung's phones that are sold in the US are mostly made in Vietnam, for instance, which might explain why he had a hard time putting together a Galaxy S10, and went for the S9+ instead.

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Galaxy S9+
  • Display 6.2" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2800 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3500 mAh(35h talk time)

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12 Comments

1. Ichimoku

Posts: 175; Member since: Nov 18, 2018

not to make, but to build.

2. TheOracle1

Posts: 2340; Member since: May 04, 2015

I watched it and he infuriatingly didn't say how much it all cost.

11. Fred3

Posts: 574; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

You'll be paying at least $200 for a digitizer so you might as well just buy a phone

3. pablumatic

Posts: 19; Member since: Nov 22, 2012

Interesting seeing the Chinese market stuff. As the article notes law enforcement in China seems very locked down yet there are still all these likely black market parts sellers operating without concern.

13. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 969; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

The police in China could care less about US patent enforcement, since the massive amounts of revenue made from these black markets help feed their economy.

5. Eric7779

Posts: 19; Member since: Feb 13, 2019

Someone did the same with an iPhone two-three years ago.

6. mackan84

Posts: 609; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

It’s the same dude. Exactly as the article says.

7. libra89

Posts: 2310; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

I'm excited that he finally did this!

8. antroid

Posts: 392; Member since: Jan 24, 2018

Hopefully he will add the headphone jack to the note 10, it will be interesting to see it

10. CantEvenWin

Posts: 21; Member since: Jan 24, 2019

A step by step tutorial would be appreciated LOL. I love my headphone jack.

9. Cat97

Posts: 1969; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

The iPhone video was a fake anyway, the built-from-parts iPhone would not start, there is a cut in the video after which it magically starts (it's probabily another phone).

12. TheOracle1

Posts: 2340; Member since: May 04, 2015

That's a new one. Have you just returned from invading Area 51?

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