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DTEK50 Teardown – Cute Charging Port – BlackBerry Screen replacement


The DTEK50. It’s time to take apart the pretty inexpensive
budget phone from Blackberry. Besides the plastic earpieces, it did pretty
darn well in my durability test video. So let’s see what it looks like on the inside. [Intro] The back of the phone, thankfully, is very
easy to remove. A gentle nudge from my thin metal pry tool
allows the whole back to just pull off. If you want one of these thin metal pry tools
I will link them in the video description. The back is held down my some simple adhesive
and some clasps. It’s light weight enough that it will never
come off on its own though. On the back of the back cover you also have
the NFC pad. NFC stands for “near field communication.” Just like the name states, it allows for your
phone to communicate with other devices that are very close to it. Because of this communication, the pad needs
to have protection from other electronic noise or interference from the internals circuits
of the phone. And that’s what this huge black rectangle
of metallic tape is for; it’s not to hold the battery in place, it’s there to shield
the NFC pad. It does tear pretty easy though so when you
try to remove it, keep it intact as much as possible. Now for the internals. There are 5 screws down at the bottom of the
phone and then the plastic shield comes up and away. Attached to that shield we get the loud speaker
and the two little golden contact pads that you see let it receive the signal from the
motherboard. There are 3 screws holding down the metal
plate over the battery, which technically I should have removed and unplugged first. The phone is probably still fine; it’s just
a safety thing. Always unplug or remove the battery from electronics
before diving in. I’ll set that silver cover off to the side
and then unsnap the battery and the charging port ribbons. They are connected just like little Legos. The charging port ribbon is pretty much the
smallest charging port in the history of charging ports. I’ve never seen one this small on any other
phone. I would even classify it as a cute little
charging port. It is micro USB which is currently being phased
out on all of the newer cell phones now in favor of USBC. And the little metal circular thing you see
on the side is the vibration motor for the phone. Thumbs up for how cute and easy that was to
remove. The 2,610 milliamp hour battery is held down
by some of those same magical pull tabs we found on the iPhone. Just gently pull those little pull tabs out
from underneath the battery and they will stretch and release. There is one pull tab on the bottom of the
battery and two pull tabs at the top of the battery; three total. Both of my top pull tabs broke halfway through
so I did have to initiate the Pry of Shame. Heat does help with this pry. You don’t want to bend the battery too much
since, you know, explosions and fire and all of that stuff. There is one more metal plate held down by
two screws. This one pulls away and then we can unplug
the little snap on the side and the screen ribbon cable connector. There are two more little Lego snaps along
the side of the motherboard as well, at the top and the bottom. And then we have 4 more screws holding down
the top black plastic piece at the top of the phone. Once that is off we can see the earpiece with
its two little golden contact points on the underside. These just rest up against the motherboard
to receive the signal. To remove the motherboard I’m going to unclip
the big ribbon cable and then the black signal wire as well. And then the motherboard will just lift up
and away from the phone if you are smart enough to remove the SIM card tray. I swear I don’t forget these things on purpose,
I just don’t remember that it exists with like every single tear down that I do. I’ll remember on the next one…hopefully. One cool thing about the motherboard is the
LED flash is built in; that’s kind of fun. The small 8 megapixel camera is still attached
to the motherboard as well. And now that the motherboard is out of the
frame we can see what these little side ribbons do. The bottom one is for the front capacitive
buttons. The middle one is for that programmable convenience
button on the side of the phone. And the top ribbon is for the volume rocker. The 13 megapixel camera is still sitting inside
of the phone frame. This plugs into the back of the motherboard
which I’ll show you in just a second. All of the other components like the front
sensors and the all-important headphone jack are attached to this ribbon cable here. Now if you want to replace the screen, it
is very much attached to the frame. Kind of similar to how the recent Samsung
Galaxy phones are. So only attempt removing your screen if it
is already broken because it will not survive the removal process. It will require a lot of heat from a blow
dryer or hair gun to soften the adhesive as you remove it. Replacement parts to this phone are actually
pretty hard to find. Blackberry doesn’t sell a whole lot but
I’ll link the parts that I do find down in the video description as soon as they become
available. If you find any that I don’t have linked,
let me know in the comments and I’ll add them as soon as I can. Remember that rear camera? This time I’ll be plugging it into the motherboard
before setting it down into place. Just line up the little plug with its counterpart
on the motherboard and it will snap in like a little Lego. Make sure everything is out from underneath
the motherboard before setting it down into place and then clip in all of the ribbon cables. There are those 3 tiny ones along that left
side. The screen ribbon in the center and the top
sensors need to be plugged in as well before that top black plastic shield goes down over
the top of them. And there’s always that black signal wire
that gets clipped in as well. The built in flash is actually dual color
which does help with the image quality when taking pictures while using the flash. The cute little charging port gets tucked
into the little slot at the bottom of the phone along with the circular vibrating motor. And remember that the battery gets tucked
underneath the charging port ribbon cable. You don’t want to be pinching things that
shouldn’t be pinched. The bottom plastic gets pushed down over the
charging port and the two metal plates protecting their ribbon connectors get set back into
place as well. The metal plates are important. These are so that the connections don’t
pop loose if you ever drop your phone, which does tend to happen with almost everybody. And we can screw back in all of the screws. It is important to keep these organized during
the repair process since there are so many of them. Quick note on the camera lens… We did discover it is made out of glass in
our last durability video, and it just rests inside of the black plastic back. If I find any replacement lenses I will link
them in the video description. So if yours breaks you can replace it. And that is it. Everything should snap into place relatively
easily. If you have to apply too much force, something
isn’t where it needs to be and you should recheck all of your connections. Let me know if you have any questions down
in the comments. Let me know what phone you want to see torn
down next. I do read all of the comments and the phones
I see suggested most often will definitely get the Jerry Rig treatment. Thanks for watching. I’ll see you around.

Bernard Jenkins

100 Comments

  1. Hey so my friends screen just broke for this phone. Cracked glass. screen no longer turns on. just blackness. black black blackness. lol

    Do you have any suggestions as to where I can get a new screen?

  2. this body looks like the idol 4 body exactly except the logo and the color

  3. Have you ever checked if after the teardown when you break any of those shielding foils the GPS, NFC, WI-FI and other wireless connections work fine? Just because the phone turns on, does not mean it will work 100% as it did before. I know, because I tore down some of the old phones and I had discovered that damaging those foils as well as some other connection pads may give you problems with for example GPS. Maybe it could be a topic for a separate video?

  4. Oh God! In my LG G2 mini I can replace all the internal guts including whole motherboard, with just a phillips screwdriver. The only things that require heat and/or performing some circus tricks is the screen and touchpad replacement. This phone however seems like a nightmare in comparison.

  5. They should have hired you to be the Disembodied voice in MassEffect: Andromeda. If I didn't know any better I'd say that might have been you in ME: 1

  6. 4k likes and 42 unlike this is awesome!!! i never see like this before.

  7. Ever thought about doing watches like the Samsung Gear, Apple Warch or the Garmin Fenix series?

  8. Is it bad that I actually let out a little "awwwwww" when I saw that charging port?

  9. 1. can you do the DTek60? No one has done it yet, and it is different than the DTek50, if similar to alcatel idol 4s.

    2. you didn't link parts for the phone (I know they are almost impossible to find), just an fyi.

  10. Hey Zack. Great videos. How about Galaxy A5 2017. Great cheap phone. I think you should give it a try in your durability test. Specs are similar to S7.

  11. try a cheap phone with curved edges like bluboo edge or elephone s7 ( I think those have curved edge screens)

  12. you DO Not pry battery out you remove three black tabs and pull tape out from under.loo

  13. Hey Zack… you should take a look at the J7 prime… I like Samsung and I think the J7 Prime 32GB version is hands down the best phone for the buck. Anyway, just an idea… Love your videos, keep up the great work. Take care!

  14. Hi, I replaced the screen and digitizer on this same phone. when i was putting back the cover plate (end with camera) I had some difficulty, There was a small square "thing" that is attached by a cable ( next to the camera) it was jambed between the housing and this cover. it ended up breaking off the cable. I closed up the phone and all seems to work fine, not sure what it was for??thanks

  15. Thanks for the lesson. I just bought the DTEK50 with the case. Dropped the phone by accident and for some reason the camera lens cracked in a star shape. Would appreciate any suggestion on how to fix this.

  16. I was replacing the LCD and accidentally damage the charging flex. where can I get the part?

  17. good stuff, thank you.

    you should link this to iFixit, no Dtek info there

  18. Thanks for the great teardown video on the Blackberry Dtek50! I need to replace my LCD only. Can I avoid taking out the motherboard, cameras, speakers and simply remove the battery to access the LCD cable? I see that I need to heat and remove the screen from the front of the phone.

  19. Hello and thank you!! I have one of these Blackberry DTEK50 phones and it has really good reception. I live very rural in a valley. It gets reception, in fact all my Blackberries have, Curve and Bold. Even if the wind or whatever is blowing the wrong way, I can still txt. just a good phone really!

  20. I wonder if you read this comment after that time too because you said you read all comments 😮
    And I can't stop watching these videos 😮

  21. You didn't do the durability test on the Dtek60 model, it's an improved version of this phone, I would like to see it.

  22. What adhesive would you recommend for replacing the glass? Also for sticking the battery back down…?

  23. Can I get earphones that comes in the box in an online store @jerryrigeverything

  24. guess i am the only one on here that actually uses the phone. i broke the screen and i was wondering if i could get a link for a replacement part

  25. You ever find any affordable screen for online sale..? Are any just as good as the rest of them..? And/or should I just contact blackberry and get genuine original..? Not good with wording today. I mean are Chinese screens just as good as the one that came with the phone? Needed bad!! I wouldn't mind the busted screen but it won't let me open it. Only the bottom 3 icons on screen work. Fails once you get about 1/2 inch above the bottom. Anyone have any suggestions on getting my contacts out..? Loved the phone plus I've never busted a screen from any phone I've ever owned. Searched screen repair and noticed most folk calling them crackberry. I should've done my homework before buying. Other than weak screen I loved it. Sat down in my truck with it in my back pocket, all it took😒lol

  26. Jerry u have so many phone , can u give me one phone? Hmm smartphones areso expensive this days

  27. This phone is a 100% carbon copy of the Alcatel Idol 4. Every part is identical and interchangeable. The only difference is the back cover.

  28. Hi 👋.Zack.Please do a tear down on the BlackBerry Dtek 60…Thank you.Cheers

  29. The screen replacement for this phone needs a lot of heat from a blow dryer and a HAIR gun. Remember that, everyone! 😂

  30. Do the blackberry leap the phone I have right now do the durability test on it plz it's a budget phone which I sick

  31. That black cabbage connected to the motherboard what is it for?

  32. Hi Jerry! Thank you for your video, it helped me a lot to change my screen. Can you help me with a question? I messed up (broke) the antenna connection where the antenna cable is connected to the antenna chip. Now I cannot get my mobile network to work. Is this something related to what I have done? I would like to know your answer to know if I need to buy a new antenna chip. Thank you a lot!

  33. Any tips for the removal of the screen? I've disassembled the rear to release the connection, slid a sharp metal tool around the edges of the screen to give me something to work with, took a heat gun to the screen and all I got were shards flying at my face (no worries, I'm wearing goggles). Any tips?

  34. You deserve 5M subscriber..
    You know since more then 11M people out there using smartphones.

    Nonsense.??

    Yeah i agree

    But at least you deserve more subs

  35. Hi i need help my antenna cable is missing ? how ll I get that , any idea please give me any contact , antenna cable is universal ? am from india

  36. No way, If you dont reply to my comment I will know you dont read all the comments , Thank you for the videos ( will be my bread and butter from now on )

  37. those things you pull from under the battery before taking the battery out. Where do you get new ones?

  38. I'm pretty sure the vibrator motor attached to the cute charging port was damaged in the process (@1:47) and will not work without re-applying the epoxy. Any way to take it out without damage?

  39. I broke my screen and digitizer. I did find the parts on Amazon. Do I need to do the tear down in your video first or do I go from the front? New a this but really need to retrieve some things off the phone. Thank you.

  40. Awesome. Just ordered a new battery from Amazon and used your video to replace it. New battery came with 20% so its currently charging but I am able to power on and charge so thats a good sign? thanks

  41. Thank you for this video! All I needed to do was replace the battery and you saved me having to pay someone to do it. I would've bought your JerryRig tool but it's way too expensive on Amazon Canada here.

  42. Since you can open the phone can you install a wireless charge pad connector?

  43. Can anyone tell me the size of the screwdriver i need and if i can buy a new usb port?

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