Oppo Find X fails basic bend test, proving durability is not its strong suit


Groundbreaking, eye-catching, and… structurally flawed. That latter part is not what we expected to hear about the nearly bezelless Oppo Find X smartphone unveiled in Paris a little over a month ago, but the motorized mechanism hiding both the front and rear cameras always seemed like a risky design venture.

According to professional smartphone breaker Zack Nelson from YouTube channel JerryRigEverything, that risk hasn’t exactly paid off, at least from a durability standpoint. Ironically, Nelson was recently pondering whether his destructive job would become futile soon enough, as the vast majority of today’s high-end and even upper mid-range handsets have no problem acing his grueling torture tests.

The Oppo Find X does a solid job of resisting scratches itself, with a beautiful glass back, Gorilla Glass 5-protected AMOLED screen, no visible cameras, sensors or buttons on the front, and a couple of rear-mounted logos printed on the underside of the glass.

The metal sides and buttons are themselves as tough as you’d expect, the high-res display can withstand a decent 14 seconds of direct flame contact before exhibiting permanent white burn marks, but none of that can make up for the fact the Oppo Find X snaps in half if you apply enough pressure.
 
Right off the bat, it’s obvious the wiggly and jiggly motorized contraption is not designed with durability in mind, and unfortunately, neither is the phone’s frame. Zack Nelson has all the technical explanations you need, but in a nutshell, you’ll want to remember not to sit on this innovative bad boy or step on it after a drop.
 
It’s obviously better not to drop it at all, or buy a protective case as soon as possible. That is, if you’re lucky to reside in a country where one of today’s coolest-looking mobile devices is set to go on sale. And yes, that means we’re not suggesting you forget all about the Oppo Find X. You can still get it if you’re in love with that arguably stunning design, just remember it may not hold up as well as some of its more “conventional” rivals.

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Find X
  • Display 6.4" 1080 x 2340 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 25 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2800 MHz
  • Storage 256 GB
  • Battery 3730 mAh

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10 Comments

1. vandroid

Posts: 405; Member since: Sep 04, 2012

Not durable and I highly doubt cases exist for it. Shame

2. WAusJackBauer

Posts: 451; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

Yeah I'm not sure making a case for it would even be possible since the top of the phone extends out when the cameras come out.

5. AbhiD

Posts: 604; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

Oppo is selling a case for it in the box. Watch the video.

3. redmd

Posts: 1910; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

It's the price you pay for being bezeless.

6. SyCo87

Posts: 288; Member since: Sep 19, 2013

It has more to do with not having a metal plate covering the components. It adds rigidity to the phone rather than expecting the frame to to take all the load.

7. mixedfish

Posts: 1544; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

Not really, you want all load to be on the frame. All the Chinese phones are cheaply designed and are just parts glued together to look like the phones from the big brands.

8. I_have_boxes

Posts: 73; Member since: Jun 02, 2018

He tested the Vivo Nex S, which passed the bend test though.

4. Vokilam

Posts: 1097; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

I love pearl finish on the back panel - so pretty. Shame about durability - seems like an awesome innovative device.

9. JMartin22

Posts: 2327; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

Lol if this isn’t the definition of cheap Chinese junk. I don’t know what is lol

10. worldpeace

Posts: 3099; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

It's expensive Chinese junk... Look at that pricetag.

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