Last year, both the OnePlus 10 Pro and OnePlus 10T managed to break in the bend test when JerryRigEverything’s Zack put the OnePlus phones through his durability test. Most tested smartphones pass this test without any problems. The fact that two OnePlus devices broke in one year is not good advertising for the Chinese brand. Especially when you consider that OnePlus supposedly focuses on durability. However, the tests are much more extreme than anything a normal cell phone experiences in everyday life. Unless, of course, you like to put your smartphone in your back pocket and sit on it regularly.
Given the inglorious story, the question arises as to how OnePlus’ latest smartphone performs in the same test. As usual, everything starts with the scratch test, in which the OnePlus 11 shows little to no abnormalities. The display scratches from level 6 on the Mohs hardness scale, with deeper scratches appearing from level 7. The frame is made of metal, as is the power button. The first scratches quickly appear on these components as well.
Next comes the fire test, which sees the display endure more than 50 seconds under a direct flame without permanent damage to the pixels, which is a pretty good figure. However, the fingerprint sensor no longer works afterwards, but this is due to the scratch test. Because right above the fingerprint scanner, level 7 scratches remained on the panel.
Finally comes the bend test we’ve all been waiting for. The back glass does break in the process, but the OnePlus 11 itself doesn’t break in half and continues to function as usual. This is a significant improvement compared to the predecessors from 2022. If you also use a robust protective cover, you can possibly also prevent the glass back from breaking during the bend test.