Asus introduced three different ROG Phone 5 models to gamers last week. The phones caught the eye with the Snapdragon 888 processor, UFS 3.1 speed storage and 16 GB RAM option. These characteristics can also be found in the prices. The phones found their place on the shelves between 799-1299 euros. However, it turned out that the high price and hardware were not reflected in the durability. A YouTube channel called JerryRigEverything has tested Asus’s ROG Phone 5 for robustness. Phone failed in test …
ROG Phone 5 fails in ruggedness
The test starts with the screen. Asus uses Gorilla Glass Victus technology, which we see in the iPhone 12 and Galaxy S21 family, in this model. The phone starts to scratch when interacting with objects with a hardness of 6 Mohs and above. This is the maximum durability that modern touch glasses can have. On the other hand, some phones have managed to achieve a higher level of durability in the past by using a sapphire display instead of glass (HTC U Ultra).
SIM card holder draws attention in the durability test that proceeds with the frames. The ROG Phone 5 box comes with a longer than normal SIM card pin. This means that if you lose the needle that came out of the box, what you have will not work.
Finally it is time for the bend test. The phone fails this test, which many of its competitors have outlived. The model’s front and rear glass, which broke out of the frame on the first move, shatters when forced a little harder. However, for the price of the phone, a situation arises that will disappoint users.
The battery design is the cause of the weakness
Zack Nelson, the channel’s owner, makes two predictions about the outbreak in the video. The first of these is the antenna line in the frame. Smartphone manufacturers add plastic antennas on the edges for better signal transmission. This situation creates a weakness in the overall structure. In previous testing, some phones broke for similar reasons. The second reason is the dual battery design. This design, which is preferred for faster charging, causes another weak point in the design and this weak point causes breakage.
The test is not done on the Pro or Ultra version, but on the standard model. Here are pictures of the test: