“The Google Pixel 3 XL display performed well in the burn and scratch tests but its frosted back was scratched easily by keys and coins”
YouTube Zack Nelson of popular channel JerryRigEverything’s durability tests are at best torturous. This YouTuber has years of experience putting smartphones to the extremes and checking out how they fare. This time around, the channel tested the latest Pixel 3 XL and the device seems to have fared pretty well. To begin with, the Pixel 3 XL didn’t yield to flexing in the bend test and this means the phone won’t buckle and rip apart in your pocket. The smartphone’s back took some damage in the scratch test, but the handset overall did not crumble in the face of unfavourable conditions.
The YouTuber subjected the Pixel 3 XL to other tests as well. When going through the scratch test, the Pixel 3 XL display kneeled to scratches for objects that rank higher than 6 on the Mohs Hardness scale, but did not get fazed by blades and keys. On the other hand, the frosted back (the non-glossy back panel) was scratched easily and items such as keys and coins did cause considerable damage.
Moving on, the test also puts the fingerprint sensor through its paces. As seen in the video, the fingerprint sensor on the Pixel 3 XL gets easily damaged by scratches and once this happens the module faces problems registering the fingerprint. Separately, Google has replaced the cloth covered front speaker grill with a metal mesh so the scratches did not hurt it too badly.
Google claims that the painted exterior surfaces are chip resistant, but the paint did chip off when rubbed with a razor. The bottom line, dress up your Pixel 3 XL with a skin or a case and rest assured that the smartphone will be cocooned from day to day harshness. If a case or smartphone skin is not your kind of thing, at least make sure that you don’t keep coins and keys in the same pocket as the Pixel 3 XL.
The Pixel 3 XL has aced the fire test, with the AMOLED display recovering from the damage in just 30 seconds. All said and done, the Pixel 3 XL doesn’t seem to suffer from any major build anomalies like the iPhone 6 bendgate.
|Octa core (2.5 GHz, Quad Core + 1.6 GHz, Quad core)|
|4 GB RAM|
|6.3 inches (16 cm)|
|1440x2960 px, 522 PPI|
|12.2 MP Primary Camera|
|Dual LED Flash|
|8 MP + 8 MP Dual Front Cameras|
|USB Type-C port|