OnePlus 10T: OnePlus comments on durability test disaster by dismissing apparent structural problems
Last week, JerryRigEverything put the OnePlus 10T through its paces, OnePlus' latest flagship smartphone. To recap, the OnePlus 10 Pro fared poorly in the YouTuber's durability test, as we discussed earlier this year. Unfortunately, for OnePlus, the OnePlus 10T did not do much better. Instead, the device proved almost as fragile as the OnePlus 10 Pro, which JerryRigEverything split in two with his bare hands.
Subsequently, JerryRigEverything showed that the Pixel 6a is a more durable smartphone, presumably in part because of its aluminium frame. In comparison, OnePlus has built the OnePlus 10T with a plastic frame, which may explain its compromised structural integrity. Evidently, OnePlus is unhappy with the negative press that the OnePlus 10T has received. According to Gadgets360, a OnePlus representative shared the following statement:
The OnePlus 10T meets or exceeds all of OnePlus' extensive durability testing procedures, this includes a pressure test where the device is suspended while weight is applied to its centre on both its front and back. The OnePlus 10T has an enhanced structure engineering design and can bear over 45kg of external force in this test at OnePlus' lab...When designing, engineering, and manufacturing OnePlus devices, we ensure they not only offer a design that is beautiful and burdenless but is also durable so they can withstand everyday usage.
In short, OnePlus has dismissed JerryRigEverything's findings as being unrepresentative of how someone uses their smartphone. While JerryRigEverything's bend test is an extreme scenario, it demonstrates what could happen if you sit down with your smartphone in your back pocket, for example. Ultimately, it seems unlikely that OnePlus is planning to improve the structural rigidity of its smartphones going forwards, at least until it adopts a new design language for its flagship smartphones.