OnePlus 6 passes scratch, burn, and bend testing

Doris Richards
May 17, 2018

The notched screen of the OnePlus 6 is shielded by Corning Gorilla Glass 5.

Although the newly unveiled OnePlus 6 is only slated to go on sale next week, professional smartphone torturer Zach Nelson from the popular YouTube channel JerryRigEverything managed to quickly get his hands on a beautifully reflective Mirror Black unit. The screen scratches at level 6 on the Mohs scale, which is exactly as expected.

Moving on to the bend test, the OnePlus 6 does fine here as well despite showing an unusual amount of flex. This is unlike the last year's OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T that both had a glass covering only at the front.

OnePlus who also threw in splash resistance this time around, did not have an IP rating to show for it, but the company claims that the phone can withstand splashes and the accidental fall into the sink easily, but cannot withstand a dip into the pool. This is something similar to the OnePlus 5T that also resisted scratches until the Moh level six of hardness.

The sides of the OnePlus 6 are covered with the metal frame that seems to have a paint on top that can receive scratches.

Zack also notes a thin plastic (or perhaps rubber) layer sits between the display glass and outer metal of the device, offering subtle impact protection in the event of drops; looks like a smart addition from OnePlus.

On the back, OnePlus has again used the Gorilla Glass 5 panel that appears as tough as the frontal panel. The screen was then exposed to an open flame, which it survived for roughly 20 seconds, following which the pixels beneath the exposed area stopped responding permanently. The metal frame of the OnePlus 6 is also hard enough to resist from being bent. The selfie camera remains safe under the Gorilla Glass 5 layer. But how will its glass sandwich design hold up in daily use?

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