HTC DNA Disassembly - Teardown Done|

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  1. pwrdbykyank

    pwrdbykyank Active Member

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    If they dont, next option would be to find someone with an iphone 5, activate a sim on the iphone 5 and then pop in the active sim to your phone :)
     
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    this would be sweet and give me a great reason to open mine up
     
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    Looking at your image and the side view image below, it appears that the J Butterfly is no thicker than the DNA. It just doesn't taper at the top like the DNA does, although it tapers the same way at the bottom. Great for the pocket, not so great for the prospect of fitting a bigger battery in there.

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    So what does the silver rectangle in the upper left of this shot appear to be? Thats the only other place a microsd slot could go and still be accessed by the j butterfly's door.
     
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    that silver your talking about is just a shield over some resistors and stuff. Trust me i checked on it, there is no slot or place where it looks like there could be something soldered onto it later, or anything like that. One would assume it would have it since would be cheaper to just make one board for all and just not place the sd card slot on the ones they dont need, but yep nothing :) im sure on the j butterfly one those resistors are moved around elsewhere and the sd slot is placed there.

    Also Note: On the DNA as you can see from the pics, the SIM card slot is the same size as say the droid 4 or the iphone 4/4s. But on the J butterfly it uses the micro SIM found in the iphone 5 meaning on the board, the SIM slot would be 1/3 or more smaller in size, this would also give it more space to place a micro sd card slot. WHY verizon would chose not to use micro sim cards (giving it the extra room for a SD card slot on the DNA) i dont know. I mean the technology is there why go backwards and use a big sim card? Im sure they have a reason but what it is we dont know. The only thing i do know is, as far as the phone size goes, here in usa everyone is trying to push the thinnest phone, so im guessing verizon didnt want the thicker j butterfly and went for the thinner size in the phone, but that still wouldnt explain why they used a larger SIM slot for bigger sims than a smaller one. Kinda a contradiction
     
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    - Additional Pictures -

    I just took it apart again to take more clear shots of the silver shield your talking about and removed the black rubber above that also to show you guys what it looks like. This is underneath the SIM card slot.

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    drivers...

    At the end of the day the drivers that tell the motherboard how to use the sd card/sim board are going to be the issue... it was my understanding that drivers are encoded into system itself. I'm hoping this is that only issue because then the only hurdle would be telling the os that the sd card is there.
     
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    But we want it to be there, it must be there! :D

    Thanks for the larger pics. Since you've taken it apart twice now it doesn't sound like it is very difficult which is good news for any repairs that might be needed. I see HTC is still using what looks like spring contacts for the antennas.

    I can't imagine drivers for an SD card would be too difficult to come by. It's much simpler than trying to figure out a RIL or other proprietary piece of hardware.
     
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    i dont think it would be a driver issue, i think it would just need to be enabled through root access and using sql lite editor or something like that. Its not tooo hard to take the back cover off even tho it is not easy either. The side grills can bend easy so one must be careful. Also after the cover is off, taking the boards out and such takes some time and different size screws so you gotta remember what goes where :)
     
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    thanks for the link, nice find :) i dont know why the 3 contacts on the bottom of the j butterfly door are there but on the dna it doesnt have it. Both are wireless charging but i guess different methods of doing it lol. I cant wait to get my hands on the j butterfly :(
     
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    Would it be conceivable to tap into the USB port and use the otg capability? The idea would be to have an internal sd card, but without giving up use of the port for data and charging.
     
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