JerryRigEverything, who brought us the original Nexus 6P bend test, is back with a more substantial video. After facing criticism that he tampered with the device before bending it the first time around, this YouTuber decided to buy a second Nexus 6P and run another test. The new phone still bends right out of the box. It definitely offers up some resistance, but the Nexus 6P eventually crumples like a a piece of paper.
The video points out several issues with Huawei and Google’s design that could be causing this issue. First, the aluminum frame isn’t actually stuck to the back housing, instead they just sit next to each other. The bigger issue is a single weak spot near the power button, just above where the battery and motherboard end inside the device. Just like with the iPhone 6 Plus, this little gap seems to be the main cause for concern with the Nexus 6P.
JerryRigEverything notes that the Nexus 6P is still pretty tough. “If you treat your phone nice you’ll have zero problems with it bending,” he says, adding that you may want to pick up a case for some extra protection. He also argues that a contradicting bend test from YouTuber Max Lee only failed to destroy the device because it placed most of the pressure on dovetail joints found near the top of the phone.
At this point the evidence seems pretty conclusive. The Nexus 6P can bend, though not without applying a lot of pressure first. Still, we have a feeling this may not be the end of the story.