Phone survives fall from 103,000 feet

Phone survives fall from 103,000 feet
Let's face it, we all drop our phones. The only difference is how we react to the incident. Some will pick up the device and go on as if nothing happened while others will instantly look at the screen for any signs of a crack. And even if nothing seems wrong on the outside, they will worry about possible internal damage. Most of these drops only measure a few feet in height; imagine if your phone were to fall from a distance of 103,000 feet (19.5 miles).

According to Interesting Engineering, an Oppo iQOO gaming phone was attached to a balloon filled with helium and sent up toward the heavens. Throughout its ascent, a camera was aimed at the handset's screen as a video played; this was done to see how the iQOO responded to extreme conditions. After all, at the targeted peak height, the phone encountered temperatures as cold as -68 degrees Fahrenheit.

The handset was remotely released from the balloon and descended from the sky. Drones were used to help retrieve the phone, which landed in a field of grass. Despite the extreme fall, only the phone's screen protector suffered any damage. The entire experiment has us wondering whether you'd still be full of dread seeing your phone drop 3 to 4 feet if you knew it had already survived a fall from 103,000 feet.


You can watch the entire experiment unfold on video right here.

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8 Comments

1. lyndon420

Posts: 6774; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

I don't think anyone worries when we drop our phones on the grass...it usually happens over the street or sidewalk. Good thing it didn't hit someone though.

2. perry1234

Posts: 645; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

I would still tread with caution on dropping your phone from 3-4 feet though , since this drop test has more to do with Physics and less to do with sturdiness of the phone. As you all might be aware, a nickel/dime/any coin dropped from the top of Empire State building accelerates at the speed of 9.8 meters per second squared. So technically it should have sufficient speed to easily crack a human skull casually walking on the road under. But that does not happen. Why ? Simple : air resistance. Infact a coin propelled forcefully from 3-4 feet will hurt you a lot more. Similarly, a phone dropped from 103,000 feet on grass surviving should not be news, because the buoyancy of the air at that height would have reduced the speed and consequently the force of impact drastically when compared to a freefall from the same height in vacuum. Not to dish the phone, just saying it is not as significant an achievement as it is made out to be.

3. JCASS889

Posts: 521; Member since: May 18, 2018

What your saying is it hits terminal velocity at below 100 feet so 103k feet makes zero difference after the velocity is maxxed out

4. Valdomero

Posts: 670; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

Totally true, what we really need to know is the terminal speed the phone had when it hit the floor, or grass to be more specific, that info is more important than the total height of the drop.

6. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

We need to know the acceleration, because F=m*a

5. Poptart2828

Posts: 387; Member since: Jan 23, 2018

Can anyone from phonearena tell me what is an oppo iqoo? Never heard of it

8. danny_a2005

Posts: 359; Member since: Oct 06, 2011

I believe is vivo

7. abhicool

Posts: 49; Member since: Sep 25, 2018

Still i will not buy another Oppo

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