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The foldable Huawei Mate X2 faces the JerryRigEverything bend test

A Mate X2 undergoes the bend test. (Source: YouTube)
A Mate X2 undergoes the bend test. (Source: YouTube)
What happens when you bend a ~US$3,000 foldable phone the wrong way? Fans of the YouTube channel JerryRigEverything can now find out, as the Huawei Mate X2 has paid it a visit. Its new chassis endured various tests of its robustness in the process, ending with a possibly surprising end to the vlogger's famous test.
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Huawei launched the Mate X2 with a new "Pinnacle Design" that conceals its 8-inch 2480x2220 display in an updated inward-folding chassis. This might render the premium device - that started at 17,999 yuan (~US$2778) at its launch - more resistant to damage.

The Mate X2 is not available internationally at present - however, that didn't stop JerryRigEverything host Zach Nelson from importing a unit just to see how destructible the new foldable phablet is. He confirmed that its case, frame and secondary display are as robust as those of many other flagship devices.

However, Nelson did also confirm that its main AMOLED display is coated with polyimide rather than ultra-thin glass as in some other foldables (with scratches at a level 2 with deeper grooves at a level 3). Then again, its hinge seemed capable of repelling grit, even if it was poured all over the device and even ground right into it.

A bend test might seem redundant in the case of something of the Mate X2's category. However, accidents might happen, and Nelson decided to see how the device might hold up in the event of one. He found that the phablet failed to snap in half when trying to bend it in the opposite way to which Huawei intended, although doing so does apparently exacerbate the primary display's crease.

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2021-04-30 (Update: 2021-04-30)