Honor 6X gets the bend, scratch, and burn test
Zack, Also known as JerryRigEverything on YouTube, has posted a video testing the durability of Honor’s newest sub-$300 smartphone. The Honor 6X is a low-to-midrange device available from Honor, Huawei’s other brand that targets to the younger crowd. Check out our full review of it here.
If you don’t know what Zack’s durability test comprises of, a smartphone is tested for durability against scratches on every exposed surface of the subjected smartphone including glass, buttons, earpiece, and various materials that the phone is made of.
Here are a few key takeaways from Zack’s testing:
- The Honor 6X comes with a screen protector that scratches easily. It might be because the Honor 6X’s display glass is more prone to scratches than the last couple of generations of Gorilla Glass. You may want to invest in a better screen protector. The front camera has the same glass as the display.
- The metal earpiece is lodged pretty well in place and its openings are small enough that it shouldn’t gather much dust or lint.
- Rear camera glass was not as scratch-prone as the front glass.
- Backside and SIM card tray are both made of metal while the top and bottom edges of the phone are made of plastic. These corners will probably fare against drops better than metal would, though the plastic is needed to allow signals to pass through. Oh yeah, buttons are also made of plastic.
- Unlike some other phones that Zack tested, the 6X’s fingerprint scanner no longer worked after he scratched it.
- The Honor 6X didn’t do so well in the bend test. The lack of anchor points between the rear casing and the chassis don’t make much if any structural support. The glass flexed quite well, but the display panel failed before the glass shattered from bending. The fragile LCD panel may be prone to failure upon drops, more so than other smartphone’s panels, but that’s not really a surprise given the phone’s price point.
If manufacturers want to build a sturdy phone, the back panel needs to be physically attached to the frame at multiple points to add some strength… There are plenty of screws in the Honor 6X, Huawei just has to stick some of them through the back panel.
So there you have it. If you want to protect your Honor 6X, you might want to invest in a good screen protector and maybe a case. Otherwise, you can let it get beat up and just replace it in the future. Some folks like to buy phones at this price range to avoid having to worrying about protecting a $700+ smartphone.