Little did OnePlus know, but Zack from JerryRigEverything just did the hard work for them and created the first OnePlus Fold.
If you’ve never watched Zack before, he performs a series of durability tests on pretty much every major Android phone release that he can get his hands on. So far in 2022, we’ve seen testing for the Oppo Find N and now the OnePlus 10 Pro. The Find N managed to pass with flying colors, as Oppo has done everything it can to make a compelling foldable phone that is durable and offers unique changes to take on Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 3.
Now, Zack is back with the OnePlus 10 Pro, and things don’t go so well. The phone stands up against the traditional testing as the Mohs hardness picks scratches up the display around a level 6 and 7. The phone’s frame is made from aluminum, which also comes as no surprise, and despite the lack of an official IP rating, OnePlus does include a rubber gasket around the SIM card tray to provide some type of water resistance.
Where things really start to get spicy is when Zack begins the structural durability test by just using his hands to try and bend the phone. Much to everyone’s surprise, that’s exactly what happens, as the first bend occurs that cracks the back glass. At this point, the display is still working, albeit with a rather substantial “curve”. But then, as Zack tries bending the phone back the other way, it completely folds in half, with the back glass and frame snapping right above the built-in battery.
Part of the structural integrity issues is found due to the lack of structure around the volume buttons on the right side, and the build-in antenna on the opposite side. But no matter what way you slice it, this does not look good for OnePlus. Perhaps this is part of the reason why the OnePlus 10 Pro has yet to debut here in the States, as rumors suggest a different version of the phone will arrive sometime this Spring. But maybe, OnePlus has an iPhone 6 debacle on its hands.