Sometimes we feel confident in our soldering skills (but only sometimes) — and then we see something like this done.
Someone over on the XDA developers forum managed to upgrade his Nexus 5 from 16gb to 64gb — and not only that, upgraded the eMMC type from 4.5 to 5.0 so it writes and reads much faster.
While the details on the actual conversion are a bit vague, we did manage to dig up another video of someone replacing an eMMC chip from a Samsung Note 2.
It most certainly is possible… but would you look at the size of that chip!
The following video isn’t of the Nexus 5 being upgraded, but a similar fix being applied to a would-be dead Samsung Note 2.
For a quick primer on soldering SMD components, you should check out our article on fine-pitch SMD soldering — no expensive tools required!
But let’s be honest — wouldn’t it be easier just to have modular phones instead?