For the cost of a couple of iPhone cases, a DIY expert in China has converted an iPhone 5 to an iPhone X… sort of. What results from the unscrewing and cutting and jamming in of parts this user has performed is an iPhone X Mini – an iPhone 5 with as little bezel as possible. Of course creating such a Frankenstein’s Monster of a phone required that a little bit of the phone be removed – namely the charging port and the speakers.
Below you’ll see a sort of step-by-step for this amalgamation of pieces, showing how the placement and re-placement of parts is vital. Without exact measurements, the internal components of this device wouldn’t fit properly in the casing this creator created. Fitting snugly inside this new transparent casing allows the end device to be used like a proper smartphone.
Unfortunately, this is just a proof of concept – more like a “look at what I can do” project than a “everyone should try this” project. The iPhone 5 X does not have all the abilities it did before it was modified. The software inside still requires a home button – which can be added virtually, of course, but it’s not an ideal solution.
ABOVE: All the components necessary to make this creation a reality. No external speakers isn’t ideal, but a pair of wireless earbuds is still a possibility. BELOW: The back of this device isn’t quite as magnificent to behold as some of this creator’s other projects.
In light of this week’s release of the iPhone X (see our iPhone X hands-on right now) this iPhone X Mini (or iPhone 5 X) shows us the importance of the total package. Apple doesn’t make devices with new features because they can, they make devices with new features because they’re making a solid product with the features that make sense to implement at the time at which they’re being made.
This same creator, Lin Peirong at DGTLE, made his fair share of other DIY assemblies of smartphones over the past few years. Most of these re-configurations make odd or otherwise beautiful end products out of already-finalized devices. Transparency seems to be his favorite product of all.
NOTE: Do not try this at home. It is NOT as easy as it looks, and opening up a device as seen above most certainly voids any warrantee given with the device by its manufacturer and/or mobile carrier. SlashGear takes no responsibility for any mangling of parts you or anyone you know might do after reading this article. But if you DO make something neat that works, let us know!