Gaming smartphones are equipped with special measures introduced to maximize their performance for prolonged periods of time – for example by means of cooling systems made with special care. But does this also mean that these are products capable of offering above-average constructive solidity?
The answer is not so obvious, as i show resistance test made by JerryRigEverything: under the indefatigable manone of the YouTuber reviewed three of the most recent gaming smartphones: Rog Phone 5, Legion Phone Duel 2 and Black Shark 4. They have in common that they were launched in these first months of 2021 and that they address the same target of users, but specific tests show different outcomes.
Extremely concise result? A couple fails the final test in a striking way – the one in which the smartphone is subjected to bending – a third comes out much better.
ASUS ROG PHONE 5: BENDS AND … BREAKS
ASUS Rog Phone 5 has reconfirmed itself as the best gaming smartphone on the square, but to spoil the idyll of the perfect terminal for the purpose, the test of JerryRigEverything: to get to the heart of the problem, in the last part of the video the terminal literally breaks in two: the first element to yield is the frame that runs along the perimeter of the device, then the rear glass also shatters. The damage is irreversible and not only aesthetic: the smartphone is no longer usable.
Among the causes that have affected the solidity of the body it is assumed that the side USB-C port can be included. The structure of the antennas and the dual battery design. For the rest, the front glass shows visible scratches between level 6 and 7 of the Mohs scale, the panel has good resistance to damage caused by exposure to flame; more marked problems for the fingerprint reader under the display that after the scratch test does not read the fingerprint correctly.
It is worth remembering that this is an extreme test, but it is also true that it is so common to see a structural failure of this magnitude, especially in high-end products.
LENOVO LEGION PHONE DUEL 2: HE BREAKS AS WELL
In fact, examining the test concerning the Legion Phone Duel 2 it could be said that the hypothesis of the break in two parts of the body is not so rare. Change the smartphone but not the final result: in the pressure resistance test the smartphone withstands very little. In this case the frame and back cover yield in unison, and then it’s up to the display.
The element of weakness here seems to be due precisely to the type of material used for the frame, a porous metal that fails to offer adequate solidity, in addition to the design of the antennas that forces you to interrupt the continuity line of the frame. Positive judgment and in line with the Rog Phone 5 as regards the resistance of the screen to scratches (with signs always visible between level 6 and 7 of the Mohs scale) and exposure to flame. The Legion Phone Duel 2’s optical sensor also raises the white flag after the scratch test.
BLACK SHARK 4 COMES OUT INDENNE
Fortunately the proverb there’s no two without three not valid in this comparative test of the resistance of gaming smartphones. Black Shark 4 survives the folding test, the body flexes but remains intact and the smartphone retains its functionality. The resistance to scratches and flame is basically in line with that of the other two contenders. Not bad for a device belonging to this category that is offered at even lower prices than those of the other two models – in Italy it is sold starting from 499 euros.
The final moral is that the constructive solidity of gaming smartphones should not be taken for granted: on the contrary, some design elements introduced to allow housing the complex components or to support features that make use with video games more pleasant – just think for example, the conformation of the back cover of Legion Phone Duel 2 or the side USB-C port of the Rog Phone 5 – they can translate into elements of weakness. You can’t make a bundle of all the grass, but for the moment out of three gaming smartphones launched in 2021 only one has survived the test of JerryRigEverything.