10 January 2020
Since Google started shipping Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL smartphones to buyers, it has been facing various complaints related to different features. This is the reason it is busy working on and releasing software updates to fix those widespread issues but there is a new issue which it will not be able to fix with any software update. The issue is with the Pixel 4 XL durability as it managed to fail the bend test done by well-known YouTuber Zack Nelson aka JerryRigEverything.
In the latest Nelson video, Pixel 4 XL goes through a series of durability tests that we have seen him perform on the smartphones that make their way to his table. The flagship makes a good start as its Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protected display shows signs of scratches at Level 6 and deeper grooves on Level 7 which is standard practice among modern phones. The YouTuber was also able to peel off a lot of paint during the scratch test performed on the side and top/bottom frames.
It is the bend test where Pixel 4 XL disappointed heavily. Nelson ended up breaking the phone at four places during the usual bending of the phone with his bare hands. You can even hear the snapping sound in the video. All these breakings are said to have happened around the area where antenna lines are present. This suggests that Google failed to reinforce the structural arrangement of the phone which could have avoided this mishap.
This is undoubtedly a huge disappointment as the Pixel series is not only meant to represent that the best Android can offer but they are also priced at a premium (starts at $899). You can check the whole Pixel 4 XL durability video below
- The Google Pixel 4 is available at Amazon for $ 549.
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