Scratch and bend test puts Huawei P20 Pro’s vulnerability on display

Huawei launched the P20 Pro in Paris a little over a month ago, and we were mightily impressed with the performance of the triple camera system it possesses as well as its superb design, as we said in our review. But what about the durability of the P20 Pro when pushed to its limits and beyond? Join us after the break to find out how it performed. 

JerryRigEverything got his torturous hands on Huawei’s new flagship, and as you might expect, he put the P20 Pro through the ringer and came away with some surprising results. While the handset easily survived its ordeal with a razor, with the fingerprint reader below the display coming through unscathed, the same couldn’t be said for the display when faced with the pick test. Unusually, the display showed damage from level 6 onwards, bringing into focus the likelihood that there is no Gorilla Glass protection present. The front glass layer cracks during the first bend test, although no further damage is sustained during the second bend attempt. Despite the front glass layer cracking where the level 6 pick introduced damage, the display itself is usable and responds as it should when touched. As for the burn test, well the flame burns a white mark on the panel which remains visible even when the display is powered off.

It should be noted that Huawei never advertised Gorilla Glass protection of any kind, but still, it’s a feature that we’ve come to expect as standard on flagship smartphones. If you were looking at buying the Huawei P20 Pro, does the test affect your reasoning in any way? Let us know in the comments below.

Source: JerryRigEverything (YouTube)

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About the Author: Peter Holden

He's been an Android fan ever since owning an HTC Hero, with the Dell Streak being his first phablet. He currently carries a Pixel 2 XL, Huawei P20 Pro, and a Huawei MediaPad M5 (8.4) in his pockets and thinks nothing of lugging a 17-inch laptop around in his backpack. When not immersed in the world of Android and gadgets, he's an avid sports fan, and like all South Africans, he loves a good Braai (BBQ).