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Saturday, March 24, 2007

Motorola RAZR V3 - How to remove the camera assembly - Step-by-Step (Pictures)

Another in the series of tutorials on how to tear down and repair your Motorola V3 RAZR mobile phone. The guide will cover how to remove the front cover (also known as a frontplate or skin) on your Motorola V3 phone. This guide assumes that you have successfully removed the battery, the SIM card, the backplate, the antenna/transceiver, and the front cover from your Motorola V3 mobile phone.

Step-by Step guide for Removing and Replacing the Camera Assembly:

1. Remove the battery cover, battery, SIM, antenna, rear housing, and transceiver board assembly, flip assembly cover, and CLI lens cover as described in the procedures.

2. Unlock the ZIF connector and remove the camera assembly flex connector.

3. Carefully lift the camera assembly and flex out of the flip assembly.

4. To replace, carefully press the camera assembly into its slot in the flip assembly.

5. Insert the end of the camera assembly flex cable into its slot in the ZIF connector on the flip display assembly. Avoid damage to the flex cable.

6. Replace the flip assembly cover, transceiver board, rear housing, antenna, SIM, battery, and battery cover as described in the procedures.

Guide is compatible with: RAZR V3, RAZR V3c, RAZR V3i, RAZR V3r, RAZR V3t, RAZR V3xx, RAZR V3m

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hilary said...

where can you buy a new camera for the phone?

Ken Hanscom said...

I would suggest trying out eBay if one of the advertisers on this page does not supply what you are looking for. While I have not ordered from these vendors, here is what a search return for a Motorola V3 RAZR replacement camera on eBay.

Dave said...

Does the phone still work if the camera is left out?

Ken Hanscom said...

Hi Dave. I am not sure, I have not tried it yet. If you give it a go, please let me know if it works!

Chris98vf said...

It's a little different for the Sprint V3m phone. Just 4 little screws that are covered by rubber pads at the 4 corners of the main display. Carefully pry open the face plate and the camera is then easily removed as stated above. Oh, and it does work without the camera for those of us that work in secure areas of industry of government.

Richard said...

It wasn't clear to me how to "unlock the ZIF connector". A little search found this:

The ZIF connector has a small plastic cover over it which looks like a beige comb. DO NOT TOUCH THIS! It will break the frongs that hold in the connector ribbon. Instead look for the metal lever which is positioned at the back of the ZIF cover. It looks like a silver staple. Swing this metal lever upwards and forwards over the plastic cover (the comb). You can raise it with a fingernail or some tweezers. Swing it forward over the cover until you feel it wont go any further. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO PUSH IT RIGHT DOWN FLAT ON THE OTHER SIDE. Opening the lever causes a small black tray-like piece of plastic to move away from the underside of the comb cover. This creates a space that allows you to insert (or remove) the connector ribbon of the LCD screen. To insert the connector ribbon, place the connector contacts into the space between the black plastic 'tray' and the comb cover of the ZIF connector. As you swing the metal lever back to it's original position, it will draw the connector contacts into the ZIF connector. You don't need to force it in. Lock the metal lever back down against the circuit board as far as it will go, and there you have it.

In the case of the V3 it's actually a dark brown piece of plastic that flips up.