Video: smartphone display cracks nuts, drives nails, lives to see another day

Video: smartphone display cracks nuts, drives nails, lives to see another day
When thinking of all the devices that the rise of the smartphone has rendered obsolete, the MP3 player, the PDA, the digital camera, and the GPS are the ones that come to mind first. As it turns out, a new video from Ulefone, a smartphone manufacturer that competes in the Chinese market, shows that smartphones can also double as a... hammer?!

The video, made to promote the sturdiness of the Ulefone Be Touch 2, the latest and greatest handset from the smartphone maker, shows that the display glass is so sturdy that it can be used to smash walnuts and drive nails in. Although the video doesn't offer a close-up of the display after the nuts are smashed and the nail is driven about an inch into a wooden board, the promo does show that the glass did not break.


Interestingly, the Ulefone Be Touch 2 display is protected by a layer of Corning's Gorilla Glass 3, and not Gorilla Glass 4, which is the display glass used by smartphones such as the Samsung Galaxy S6. Compared to Gorilla Glass 3, the latest Gorilla Glass version is said to offer twice the protection. For this reason, we're not entirely sure if this video is faked or not. Notice that, at the 1:13 mark, the tester places the phone outside of the camera's field of view, meaning that the handset could have easily been switched with a new one.

Note that this is not the first time that a smartphone aimed at the Chinese market is promoted as a good hammer replacement. Oppo has launched a similar promo in the past to advertise the sturdiness of the super slim Oppo R5, but back then, Oppo used the metal frame of the phone for all the hard work, and not the display glass.

What do you guys think of this video: real or fake?

source: Ulefone via GizmoChina

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11 Comments

1. waddup121 unregistered

Fake, not a Nokia 3310.

2. g2a5b0e unregistered

How is this fake? They were videos of this being done with an HTC One X years ago.

3. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

3310 All hail the King of Phones in Durability

4. p51d007

Posts: 704; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

Now, drop it on it's EDGE and see what happens. A FLAT impact on the surface of the glass, spreads the energy to the rest of the screen. An impact on the EDGE causes it to shatter.

5. ph00ny

Posts: 2031; Member since: May 26, 2011

um he must be pretty weak to not be able to drive the nail in further. Amount of that nail driven into the wood is probably similar amount that can be pushed in

6. g2a5b0e unregistered

You're not very smart, are you? Go grab a nail & a 2x4. Try to drive the nail in with your hands & then try to lift it using the nail only. You will then realize how dumb your comment was.

8. ph00ny

Posts: 2031; Member since: May 26, 2011

That tiny sharp pin nail only driven in maybe 1/8th of an inch and 2x4? Look at the wood, it's a sandwiched wood. Looks similar to the wood used on canvas drawing frames which are very light and also easy to drive a nail into. Size of the nail that he's driving in didn't even bend way he's smacking it with the phone meaning there is no real force behind the strike. Now tell me when you've actually driven a nail into the wood. I know i have plenty of times

9. g2a5b0e unregistered

Well, you're talking a mechanical engineer here, I'm pretty sure driving a nail into a 2x4 is something I may have dabbled in at least once or twice. I stand by statements.

10. ph00ny

Posts: 2031; Member since: May 26, 2011

That's fine but i have a substantial hands on experience (my father ran a construction company since the 90s) and if a nail gets mis-stroke with any amount of force like in the video, it would have bent and that tiny nail is not

7. gaming64 unregistered

What an iPhone copycat. Notice the home button and the edges of the phone.

11. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

This has been possible for years now. The Oppo Finder is an example of such (bit. ly/1ypGduE), and it's thinner/lighter than the iBend 6.

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