When the Oppo’s Find X flagship was announced, it garnered praise for design, three slide-out cameras and an all-screen front. But not everything new is lives up to being good and the Find X just couldn’t survive the durability test, performed by none other than Zack Nelson from the popular JerryRigEverything YouTube channel.
For those of them who were concerned about the mechanical moving parts of the device wouldn’t find this exciting since the latest Oppo flagship was broken apart in tests where even some mid-range smartphones passed through without a scratch. Right after a short unboxing, Zack explained that the motorised top section, as expected, will be the weakest element of the Find X as he felt it wasn’t as ruggedly design as the pop-up camera on the Vivo Nex.
The top section not only contains the three cameras required for imaging but also all the sensors used to authenticate the biometric face unlocking. This means, on an instance where the mechanical moving part at the top simply gives up, you won’t be able to even unlock the phone for anything else. Zack also noted that the moving part wiggles quite a bit and is made in such a way that it can be opened manually by using a finger. In contrast, the Vivo Nex can only be manually closed and can’t be opened in any way without using the camera app.
The Find X fared as much as any flagship does in the scratch test, getting mild grooves at level 6 and even lasted a respectable 14 second in the burn test, before the burnt part of the AMOLED screen went white. If this would have been an LCD display, the screen would have recovered with no issues whatsoever.
However, the biggest failure came in the form of the final bend test. When applied pressure from the rear panel, the Find X kept on bending and didn’t stop at a certain stage like most normal phones do. There was a noticeable lack of metal on the frame of the device which is what limits flexing on a smartphone. Upon applying the same amount of pressure on the front of the device, the back panel cracks, followed by the front glass and the display was beyond usable at this point.
Zack notes that the pressure when bending the Find X was similar to what other smartphones have been out through and while 90 percent of the phones tested there survived, the Find X didn’t. So, if you do plan on bringing home the Oppo Find X, make sure it’s always safe and not somewhere you’d accidentally sit on. While it may look gorgeous and may even have a motorised camera, it comes with a tradeoff that you might not be willing to settle for.