Google Pixel 4 XL Does Not Pass the Bending Test

When you buy a smartphone, you expect it to be durable, especially when you play a considerable amount of money to buy it. A few years ago, iPhone received backlash when users started to report bending, but Apple took care of the issue. Now, history repeats, but this time we are talking about the Google Pixel 4 and 4XL. When it comes to durability tests, Zack Nelson is the master. He uploads his tests on YouTube, and he recently performed a series of tests on the Google Pixel 4 XL.

The videos posted by Zack Nelson are published under the name  JerryRigEverything. The video dedicated to Google’s latest smartphone is 9 minutes long and it shows all of the issues users can encounter with the device.

Zack starts off by scratching the screen of the phone from the top. To measure the grooves formed by the scratches, he uses a Moh’s scale. The Google Pixel 4 XL scratches at level 6 of Moh’s scale and forms deeper grooves at higher levels.

Next, Zack tests if the screen can burn under high temperatures. For this, he keeps a lighter near the surface of the display. In this case, nothing seems to happen.

The problem ensues when Zack puts the device to the bending test. As he applies more and more pressure on the phone, the display starts cracking in multiple places. In an earlier test, the youtuber scratched the edges of the phone with a knife, exposing the metal body below the paint. The cracked places are right over the antenna lines.

However, despite being horribly cracked, the display is still working as well as before, which could be the saving grace for the device.

We expect Google to react to this video sometime soon. We are eager to see what measures are taken to fix this issue and how impactful this review will be on the sales of Google Pixel 4 XL.


Andreea Osu

Andreea Osu

Andreea Osu likes to think of herself as an adult that has her life sorted out. In reality, she is a young woman trying to find out what the real world is about. Her passions include medicine, psychology and anything tech-related. Writing is an occupation she picked up after finishing high-school and, according to her, seeing her articles published fulfills one of her childhood dreams.

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