Samsung Galaxy Note 5 made transparent by Redditor

He modified his phone using a heat gun, suction cup and razor blade

Doug Bolton
Friday 16 October 2015 13:16
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Pic: Skarface08/Reddit
Pic: Skarface08/Reddit

The golden age of mobile phone customisation is long gone. The days where you could buy exotic faceplates for your Nokia 3310 are over, replaced by bolted-shut glass smartphones with a strict warranty.

However, one Reddit user took it upon himself to make his Samsung Galaxy Note 5 even cooler, using only a heat gun, suction cup and razor blade.

Redditor Skarface08 first used the heat gun to warm up the rear of the phone until the back plate was hot, softening the glue that keeps it together.

Skarface08 used a suction cup to prise the back off the phone

He then used the suction cup to pry the glass back off, before letting it all cool down and peeling off the black film using a razor blade.

Since the adhesive was already on the phone, it was an easy job to stick the back plate back on, leaving him with a see-through phone that reveals some of the inner workings of the device.

The glass is hard enough that there's no scratches anywhere, and the finished product looks something like an updated version of those transparent landline phones that used to be all the rage.

Although it's probably harder than it looks (and probably voids the warranty), it certainly looks pretty cool.

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