ASUS ROG Phone 5 catastrophically fails punishing durability test
It seems that ASUS has taken a step backwards with its ROG Phone series. While the first three models were as sturdy as they were powerful, the ROG Phone 5 cracks as easily as the infamous Pixel 4 does. The most recent iPad Pro also fared poorly in multiple durability tests, and the iPad mini 5 only performed marginally better.
As JerryRigEverything has shown in the video below, the ROG Phone 5 contains several structural weak points around its antenna band and one of its USB Type-C ports. The former sits close to the power button on the device's frame, for some reason, rather than on the top or bottom of the device. Unfortunately for the ROG Phone 5, the antenna line cracks under the slightest bit of pressure and takes out the vibration motor with it.
JerryRigEverything's first bend also breaks the screen, although not the Corning Gorilla Glass Victus that covers it. The area around the USB Type-C port on the other side of the device is another weak point, as the image above demonstrates. In short, it takes two bends to destroy the ROG Phone 5, which is quite the fall from grace compared to last year's ROG Phone 3.