The OnePlus Nord debuted as a more affordable alternative than the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro by offering compromises in just the right areas. However, some of the compromises, primarily build quality, were exposed in a new durability test.
The OnePlus Nord recently went through the JerryRigEverything durability test and did not quite perform too well. The phone passed the scratch test but failed the routine bend test. The OnePlus Nord’s plastic frame succumbed to the pressure with the frame’s least structurally-sound spot appearing to be just underneath the volume rocker.
The anodised metal rim on the OnePlus Nord makes it appear as if the phone features a metal chassis. However, it actually uses a plastic frame. Smartphones with steel and aluminium-baked phones require hundreds of pounds of pressure to bend. However, Zack Nelson of JerryRgEverything managed to bend and break the Nord’s frame with his bare hands.
The OnePlus Nord features Gorilla Glass 5 protection to offer industry-standard scratch protection on the display, although the box cutter managed to get a few scratches in. The initial scratching becomes visible at level 6 on the Moh scale with deeper grooves at level 7. Nelson then took an open lighter flame to the display, permanently discolouring of a part of the OnePlus Nord’s AMOLED screen.
However, Nelson also noted that it would be difficult to replicate the durability fail in real-world scenarios. But he still advises OnePlus Nord users to proceed with caution in an extreme situation. It might be better to avoid dropping the OnePlus Nord in tight jean’s pockets.
You can watch JerryRigEverything's OnePlus Nord durability test video here: