The recently launched OnePlus 10 Pro has some strong specs, but it’s not built as strong by the looks of it.
Zack Nelson, the guy behind the hit YouTube channel JerryRigEverything, put the 6.7-inch OnePlus 10 Pro through his usual stress tests this week. Until it broke in half.
Nelson’s bend test isn’t particularly scientific, as he simply places his thumbs on the back of the device and fingers on the display before pressing hard. If it stays intact, he then bends it the other way.
“If you ever hear noise during this part of the video, it’s usually a bad thing,” says the YouTuber while positioning his thumbs and fingers before the big jab.
When he presses hard, there’s an awful crunch as the glass on the back of the device breaks in multiple places. Then he turns the OnePlus 10 Pro over and pushes in the opposite direction. It can no longer hold out and breaks in two.
“The OnePlus 10 Pro is definitely dead,” Nelson confirms, though given the handset’s sorry state, he really didn’t need to.
You can see the phone break in the video below…
To find out why the phone broke, Nelson removes the back of the smashed handset to get a closer look.
What we learn is that he put most of the pressure on the top end of the battery, which is in line with the volume button, to create a weak point. A metal chassis “much thinner than I expected” also appears to have compromised the phone’s structural integrity.
We should point out that unless you’re particularly clumsy, the OnePlus 10 Pro will most likely remain intact if you decide to buy it. Nelson was just curious to see how well the device would handle its rather extreme bend test.
Nelson’s own opinion? “If kept in the front pocket, the OnePlus 10 Pro holds up its three to seven year lifespan well, but in a back pocket or with unusual abuse, the 10 Pro could kick the bucket much sooner than it should.”
While phones rarely fail the Nelson bend test so dramatically, other mobile devices have suffered bend-related controversies over the years. Apple, for example, was put to the test in 2014 for the iPhone 6’s unexpected flexibility, while the 2018 iPad Pro was also criticized after some users claimed it flexed over time, although Apple said some devices shipped that way and that it was That’s not a mistake (actually, Nelson broke that device too).
Digital Trends has reached out to OnePlus for comment on the structural integrity of its latest handset, and we’ll update this article when we receive feedback.
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