[Android Phone Teardown] Antenna in Camouflage [Part 2]
Continued from [Android Phone Teardown] Chassis Pried Open [Part 1].
After prying open the chassis, our disassembly went smoothly.
Before breaking down the T-Mobile G1, we noticed that a vibration motor, probably for vibrating alert, was seen from outside the chassis.
"Is this removable from outside?" said an engineer who participated in the teardown.
However, after the chassis was removed, we found that this motor was firmly fixed on the main board and cannot easily be taken out.
The next thing the engineer realized was that both the connecting terminal for an mobile phone antenna and that for a GPS antenna were separated from a group of RF chips by using long and thin cables. Particularly, the cable connecting to the mobile phone antenna was as long as 75mm. The cable was tipped with a small buttonhook and was detachable.
"This cable deals with high frequency waves," said the engineer. "Why is this connected in such a careless way?"
In contrast to the eye-catching cable, we had a hard time finding an antenna.
Suddenly, the engineer pointed to the chassis that we had just removed and said, "Maybe, this is an antenna." But, we still could not find any metal antenna such as a dipole antenna or ceramic antenna.
"No, it's here," the engineer said.
He inserted a thin screwdriver into the chassis and began to remove something like a black seal.
"What? Is it the antenna for the mobile phone?" we said.
The antenna the engineer took out was a spirally-cut and black-painted aluminum foil. When measured with an precision slide gauge, the antenna was about 0.2mm thick.
- [Android Phone Teardown] Chassis Pried Open [Part 1]
- [Android Phone Teardown] Panasonic-branded Main Board [Part 3]
- [Android Phone Teardown] 2nd Vibration Motor Found [Part 4]
- [Android Phone Teardown] G1 Uses Same Trackball as BlackBerry [Part 5]
- [Android Phone] User-developed Application Successfully Installed
- [Android Phone] Multi-touch Feature Unavailable; Battery Charged via mini USB