The OnePlus 10 Pro is available in China and while it has some flagship specs, including a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor and a 5,000mAh battery, it may not prove to be the most durable phone on the market. YouTuber Zack Nelson, creator of the popular JerryRigEverything channel, put the OnePlus 10 Pro through its usual durability test, and when he pushed the center of the phone to bend it, it nearly broke in half.
See for yourself – the bend test for the portion of the video starts at 6:57 (which is where the embedded video below should start).
When Nelson first presses the OnePlus 10 Pro, the back glass begins to crack and many of the cracks appear under the phone’s hob-like camera bump. When he pushes again, those cracks turn into a full-blown fracture, causing the top part of the phone to begin to fold over.
Once the OnePlus 10 Pro is completely broken, Nelson rips off the rest of the back glass to view the inside of the phone. The phone snaps right above the battery and it appears that OnePlus’ placement of the cell – whose top edge aligns with the volume rocker on the side – has created the perfect conditions for Nelson to break it in half with his bare hands. . There was also a thinner metal exterior around the phone than he expected, which could potentially break the phone as well.
While the exact reason why the OnePlus 10 Pro broke down when Nelson applied some force is unclear, it’s worth noting that he went out of his way to try and push the phone to its structural limits. It’s unlikely that many average users will try to break their phone in half (please don’t try this at home).
But Nelson’s test shows that the phone is prone to damage if bent too far, something to keep in mind if you’re looking to get one for yourself. OnePlus did not immediately respond to a request for comment about the video or if it plans to make changes to the OnePlus 10 Pro to make it more durable.
OnePlus isn’t the only company under scrutiny for the easily bent devices. Some owners reported that their iPhone 6 and 6 Plus phones were bent — including Media Today Chronicles Dan Seifert — and internal documents released as part of a lawsuit — revealed that Apple knew the phones were more prone to bending than the iPhone 5S. In 2018, Nelson also found that the iPad Pro released that year could break if bent, and Asus’ ROG Phone 5 didn’t hold up well in 2021 either.