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Redmi Note 10 shares this major design flaw with the ASUS ROG Phone 5

Highlights
  • The Redmi Note 10 failed a durability test
  • The phone cracked in half on the first bend
  • The ROG Phone 5 met a similar fate in JerryRigEverything’s bend test
Highlights

The Redmi Note 10 durability test by the YouTube channel Gupta Information System has revealed that it failed to survive bending under pressure. The smartphone cracked almost immediately near the power button when bent, which appears to be the weak spot in the chassis.

Also read: Redmi Note 10 launched in India: price in India on Amazon, first sale date, full specifications

Interestingly, the ASUS ROG Phone 5 too snapped in a similar manner in the recent durability test video posted by the popular YouTuber, JerryRigEverything. While the Redmi Note 10 is a budget smartphone priced at Rs 11,999 onwards, the ROG Phone 5 is a flagship starting at Rs 49,999.

Redmi Note 10 fails durability test

The Gupta Information System YouTube channel posted a 13 minute long Redmi Note 10 durability test recently. The durability test starts with the host Saurabh Gupta revealing that the Redmi Note 10 has a rubber gasket inside the SIM tray and goes on to submerge the phone in water for five minutes, resulting in a significant amount of water seeping inside the phone. Given that the Redmi Note 10 is IP53 rated and is not waterproof, this test seemed excessive.

Gupta than takes a razor to the body of the handset, which scratches easily considering the back panel and sides are plastic. The volume button also pops out with slight force. The video then shows the side-mounted fingerprint scanner working fine despite being scratched heavily.

Coming to the display, the Gorilla Glass protected Super AMOLED display develops scratches at level 6 and deeper grooves at level 7 on Moh’s scale, which is par for course for Gorilla Glass. However, the touch response was shown to be wonky due to the water seepage.

Gupta goes on to drop the smartphone a total of 10 times from various heights and angles before the display stops working. Interestingly, the touch response improved after the sixth drop. The Gorilla Glass protected front and frosted matte back panel remained intact during the drop test.

Redmi Note 10 and ROG Phone 5 both crack easily in bend tests

Now, this is where things get interesting, as we move to the bend test. In the very first bend where the pressure was applied on the display, the glass back panel tore like fabric with the crack originating near the power button/ fingerprint scanner. Notably, the ASUS ROG Phone 5’s glass back panel shattered in the very first bend as well in JerryRigEverything’s video, with the weak point being the antenna line.

At this point in the video, Gupta points out how the POCO X2 also cracked from the same spot and this might be a recurring issue with Xiaomi smartphones. The video then goes on to show a second bend test with pressure being applied on the back panel and this time the Redmi Note 10 gets ripped with front and back panels pulled apart. The video reveals a substantial amount of water inside when the phone is torn open.

While the durability tests show that both the Redmi Note 10 and ROG Phone 3 have weak points in the chassis, we would recommend not taking these videos too seriously, given that most users don’t tend to put their phones through this kind of torture.

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