Back glass on Nexus 6P shattering spontaneously

Imagine this scenario. You've made your brand new Nexus 6P your daily driver, and you don't let it out of your sight. Your significant other is tired of hearing about the phone, and is more than jealous about the time you're spending with it (sound familiar to anyone?). While you're fixing a sandwich, you put the phone down on a table when all of a sudden, you hear the horrible sound of glass cracking. Heart beating rapidly, you quickly eye your Nexus 6P and let out a blood-curdling scream. The rear glass on the stock Android handset that covers the camera, now resembles spider webs; the glass spontaneously shattered.

Incidents like this are happening to owners of the Nexus 6P, some of whom shared their stories on Reddit. The handset is already getting some bad publicity from videos showing the phone getting bent in two as easily as one snaps a toothpick. One theory postulated on Reddit blames the process used to produce Gorilla Glass 4 as a possible culprit. The method used could lead to internal pressures inside the glass that are building up, waiting for a tiny opening to manifest itself.

The Nexus 4 ran into a similar problem with the rear glass on the device cracking. LG fixed the issue by adding a tiny nub to the phone, which kept the glass from having contact with the body of the phone underneath it. It isn't clear if something like that would solve the current issue on the Nexus 6P.

With the build quality of the Nexus 6P already in question, this news might force Huawei to make some statement to alleviate the concerns of current Nexus 6P owners and potential buyers.

source: Reddit via 9to5Google

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Nexus 6P
  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12.3 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, Octa-core, 2000 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 3450 mAh(23h talk time)



1. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

It's been made to a better standard than the 1st iPhone 6 plus, that 100%

4. maherk

Posts: 6877; Member since: Feb 10, 2012


50. cheetah2k

Posts: 2256; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Looks like it was dropped... Thats the only way to shatter "spontaneously" ROFLMAO phonearena!

24. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Funny, I don't remember any stories about the iP+'s camera lens shattering...

30. Zylam

Posts: 1817; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Wow really? The iPhone 6 needed like 120 grams to bend and was still fully usable, this thing doesn't bend it breaks in half with much less force. Also yea when did the iPhone lens just combust? Can't accept the fact that something in Android went wrong, have to mention that Apple is worse?

58. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

It sort of did actually. Something about the lens moving into the body of the phone and the OIS creating unusable footage. Apple style!

39. Acer_Predator unregistered

Stupid ppl who don't know what phone cover is of course they gonna break phone.. Those ppl who has cover flip cover are knowledged and they never have this problem..

56. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Where are Ü Now #bendgate?

2. anewhope

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 08, 2013

Good job Huawei

15. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Overblown issue just like bendgate. Move along everyone.

37. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Seriously. I mean the old iPhone 6 & 6 Plus were bending in skinny jeans. Apple made a quick fix & all is good. This Google Nexus 6P "bendgate" is completely overblown. "If" there is an issue Google will make sure to fix it. +1

41. Acer_Predator unregistered

Some asholes like these they do it bcos they are paid by apple making these fake stories and stupid ppl believes.. It is just bcos they want to black huawei or change mind ppl to not buy this phone..

40. Acer_Predator unregistered

U stupid naive idiot who believe every fake story..

3. dorianb

Posts: 617; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Uh... Oh.... #glassgate

6. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

#gategate. A conspiracy to invent controversies that drive up tech site hits.

49. Mxyzptlk unregistered

These gate scandals are overblown.

52. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015


5. guest

Posts: 372; Member since: Jun 13, 2012

That's why you don't partner with lower tier oem. Sony wasn't available? Neither was Samsung or htc? Come on.

7. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Lower tier OEM? If you think Huawei is a lower tier OEM then you should deactivate your account right now.

59. xdza1979

Posts: 296; Member since: Aug 08, 2015

Pretty much yah, the worst decision Google ever made.. I dont trust chinese manufacturer..

60. youling

Posts: 11; Member since: Sep 18, 2015

iPhone made by chinese manufacturer and most of electronic device too.

11. iphonexus

Posts: 130; Member since: Jan 04, 2015

man huawei is low tier are u drunk

21. Marslander

Posts: 160; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

I'm pretty sure Huawei is a much bigger smartphone manufactuer than Sony.

8. srgonu

Posts: 549; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

All manufacturer initial inventory have some problem or the other. It's always good to wait 3 months

13. Derekjeter

Posts: 1489; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

In three months that Nexus 6p will be selling for $299 with all these issues. I was going to buy it and replace my Nexus 6 but I'm scared to get one of these defected copies.

14. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

62. srgonu

Posts: 549; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

66. Nopers unregistered

Picture this, somebody buys a new nexus 6P and wants to make a bend test video about it however they also don't want to bend their phone, how about we wait for actual bend tests on the weak point. You can't completely disregard the problem because of a contrary video.

38. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Bro don't worry, if you want the phone just get it. This is completely overblown. I want the Nexus 6P but my Nexus 6 is still epic & this year I am buying a Xbox One Elite & a PS4. So the Google Nexus 6P will have to wait. Who am I kidding, I am going to buy the Google Nexus 6P as well. lol

44. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Nexus 6 was in another games for resistance its was build like the Moto X and even at 500 lbs its dont bend AT ALL. So yeah the 6P will be weaker but still average compared to all the other handset so another propaganda by Tech website to make us fear to get this phone. I say get this phone and say **** to all OEM who sell flagship way too high price!

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