OnePlus 5 Durability Test: Flagship Killer Scratched, Bent, And Burned But Lives To Tell The Tale

The OnePlus 5 just recently went official, and that means torture and durability tests are about to start popping up here and there.

That said, Zack of the YouTube channel JerryRigEverything just subjected the newly launched flagship killer to all sorts of ordeals, from scratching and bending it to burning it.

OnePlus 5 Scratch Test

First off, the scratch test. Now the OnePlus 5 sports a Corning Gorilla Glass 5, and that means it should have the same level of resistance as the Samsung Galaxy S8 and the iPhone 7.

Lo and behold, it yielded the same results, where scratches started appearing at the level 6 of Mohs scale. The important takeaway here is that keys, coins, and razors won’t do any real damage to the OnePlus 5’s screen.

The current champion in this department is the HTC U Ultra’s Sapphire screen, which made it to level 8 before getting visible scratches. Of course, the same can’t be said for the Gorilla Glass 5 variant, but it’s still on par with the others (i.e., Galaxy S8, iPhone 7, and OnePlus 5).

Meanwhile, the OnePlus 5’s home button is made out of ceramic, and thanks to that, common items and debris won’t be enough to leave scratches on it. To really damage it, you’re going to need some diamonds.

On the camera side of things, the front-facing snapper is under the Gorilla Glass 5 of the main display, and the rear dual cameras are also covered with the same type of glass. Needless to say, they’re both well-protected. Of course, the flash is made out of plastic, so it can be scratched with no problems whatsoever.

Just like for the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T, OnePlus used anodized black metal for the OnePlus 5’s back panel. Put simply, it can withstand keys and coins, leaving only marks that can be rubbed off. However, it doesn’t hold a candle to razors.

 

OnePlus 5 Burn Test

Next, we’ve got the burn test. The OnePlus 5’s 5.5-inch AMOLED display managed to last long before succumbing to Zack’s lighter. It made it to about 40 seconds before any sign of damage turned up, but the pixels didn’t go back to normal, though.

OnePlus 5 Bend Test

Last but not least, the bend test, which Zack describes as the “ultimate test of build quality.”

To keep things short, it survived the ordeal, with the screen popping out and simply snapping back on again.

It should be pointed out that the OnePlus 5 is fitted with 2.5D glass, making it more or less sturdier compared with 3D glass. Speaking of which, the HTC U11 is made with 3D glass, and anyone keeping tabs on Zack’s videos knows that things didn’t turn out so well for it (read: you’re going to need a sturdy case).

OnePlus 5 Drop Survivability

As a side note, the OnePlus 5 has a plastic buffer placed between the screen and metal components, allowing it to survive drops and other strong impacts.

OnePlus 5 Durability Test Results

The OnePlus 5 manages to pass all the tests with flying colors too, despite being the company’s slimmest phone yet.

Zack mentions he has never had a OnePlus handset fail his tests, and from the look of things, that hasn’t changed.

 

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