ROG Phone 5 snaps like a twig in durability test

Michail, 17 March 2021

We’ve grown accustomed to the JerryRig durability tests over the years as a measurement of smartphone build quality. Most recent phones usually pass the test without any noticeable issues but that wasn’t the case with the brand new ROG Phone 5 from Asus.

While having the standard glass and metal sandwich construction, the device has a weak point along the antenna line on the side frame. With some pressure applied to the back, the host was able to crack the frame and fatally damage the internal vibration motor.

Another bend effort completely snaps the display despite the glass panel actually remaining intact. Going around the back and applying more pressure yields a shattered backplate. The USB-C and accessory port on the side appears to be the main weak point of the device but we’ll have to wait for some teardown videos to see what exactly is the underlying issue here.


Reader comments

  • Isekai Lord

Fanbase not big enough to go bendgate

  • Anonymous

The thing is, even if "it's not for durability" it's still a plenty expensive phone and should at least survive the durability test like any other flagship phone. It's disappointing that for a phone priced this much it cant e...

  • Anonymous

This phone for gaming performance not really for durability. if look for durability Nokia 3310 is the best. win all model phone out there. this durability test mean less. i watch your video because i would like to see internal build. lets guess farr...

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