The OnePlus 10 Pro was shown to have broken in half during a durability test, which is probably not what the company had in mind for its foldable debut.
Zach Nelson from famous YouTube channel JerryRigAll tested the durability of the OnePlus 10 Pro and found that it wasn’t enough.
When the YouTuber tried to bend the phone with two hands, his frosted glass back cover first shattered and then the whole phone began to flex. When the pressure was directed in the opposite direction, the entire phone actually broke in half.
Upon further investigation, the OnePlus 10 Pro was found to have a foldable fault line where the top edge of the battery aligns with the volume button and antenna line. Nelson also notes that the appearance of the metal is much thinner than expected.
Of course, most would-be OnePlus 10 Pro users won’t actively try to bend the phone in half, and it should fold up nicely in normal use. But, as an experienced YouTube tester notes, it’s not normal to do this with your bare hands.
If you’re someone who often sits with your phone in your pants pocket – back or front – this might just be a factor to consider when the OnePlus 10 Pro finally rolls out globally.
The phone has been available in China since January (hence this test), but we haven’t heard a word about a global launch yet. When it does arrive, we’re expecting a device broadly similar to last year’s OnePlus 9 Pro, but with more power from Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, a larger 5,000mAh battery, and 80W fast wired charging.