Friday, March 19, 2021

ASUS ROG Phone 5 Succumbs To JerryRigEverything Bend Test

The ASUS ROG Phone 5 packs a lot of powerful components on the inside. But it may be a phone that you’d want to handle with care. Because as JerryRigEverything points out in a new durability test video, it bends relatively easily under pressure.

The durability test starts off well enough, with the glass over the display only scratching at Mohs level six hardness. That’s about the expected kind of performance from the new Gorilla Glass Victus. But things start going south for the ASUS ROG Phone 5 from there.

As the process continues to the bend test, we see the antenna line being a weak point that gives way to the bending. For some reason, this causes the vibration motor to malfunction. Another bend killed the display, even when the Gorilla Glass Victus remains intact.

Flipping the ASUS ROG Phone 5 to the back, another bend sees the side USB-C port serve as another weak point. This bend shatters the glass back, showing the discrepancy in durability between the front and back glass. While phone makers usually don’t disclose what sort of glass they use at the back, unlike with what covers the display, in this case it’s probably not the Gorilla Glass Victus, judging from the way it shatters.

Of course, no phone is expected to endure that kind of force under normal use scenarios. But as the ROG Phone 5 is a gaming phone, the chances of it happening are higher. After all, emotions do run high in certain situations while gaming.

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