The Oppo Find X had its durability tested - and failed spectacularly
The Oppo Find X is the Chinese OEM’s first consumer-grade showcase of its groundbreaking pop-up camera technology. However, many reviewers have noted issues with the phone that may keep it from overtaking competitors in its price-bracket. It now seems that dubious longevity can be added to this increasingly long list.
This discovery was made by Zach Nelson of the popular YouTube channel, JerryRigEverything. The vlogger applied his by-now well-validated battery of scratch, bend and screen-damage resistance tests to the Find X. At first, it held up as a phone with glass on the front and back and a metal frame could be expected to. The hidden motor and modules for the camera also appeared to be appreciably robust. However, the YouTuber was not only able to easily bend the phone, but he also nearly snapped it in half.
The video seems to be a damning indictment of the Find X’s durability. Furthermore, the phone does not have IP ratings. Nelson also noted that the moving parts of the hidden camera were potentially susceptible to the ingress of dust and other materials. However, ultimately, these are the results of just one test – albeit one 90% of all phones tested survive. In addition, Nelson demonstrated that the back panel of the Find X could be removed with relative ease after bending, thus possibly indicating a good reparability score.
With its clean, sci-fi-prop looks and innovative features, the Find X could be a model phone for the future. However, at its current price (~$900 at the least), its demonstrable fragility may be too much to overlook for many potential customers.
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