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    Essential Phone's ceramic back gets drop tested
    Zack of the JerryRigEverything YouTube channel has given the Essential Phone's premium construction a run for the money with a drop test, demonstrating the strength of the ceramic but the fragility of the screen.
  1. psionandy

    psionandy Extreme Android User

    Leo Laporte has manage to crack his already.. sounds like they have problems with the manufacturing process :(
  2. overlordror

    overlordror Well-Known Member
    Phandroid Staff

    Kind of surprised to see the screen crack before the ceramic back did. It's unfortunate that a phone build so solidly doesn't really seem to matter in the end.
  3. Hadron

    Hadron Smoke me a kipper...
    VIP Member

    Glass breaks. Regardless of what Corning's marketing says, land wrong and Gorilla Glass 5 (which they are all using) will crack or shatter. Your design may increase the chance of a bad landing (e.g. the S8 series), but with any device it's a matter of luck how many drops it survives. And because it depends so much on exactly how the device lands I regard drop tests as anecdotes rather than data.

    As for the ceramic, there are different types of ceramic, and I'd not be surprised if being stuck to the underframe gives a bit of extra resilience as well. It's not the same design (and possibly not the same ceramic) as last year's ceramic-framed Mi Mix used.

    Though this isn't the only test to find the ceramic back tougher than the screen. I gather that CNET did manage to crack the ceramic on theirs - by using it as a hammer. ;)
  4. psionandy

    psionandy Extreme Android User

    Rather worryingly though... The crack in Leo Laporte's device was the ceramic, not the screen ...

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