Despite Apple claiming the iPhone X is made from the “most durable glass ever in a smartphone”, the iPhone X is the “most breakable” iPhone ever, insurers have claimed.
Testers at SquareTrade who carried out a series of drop tests found that the new Bt40,000 iPhone was found to be inoperable after being dropped from just a few feet.
The test revealed how a drop from six feet on the side of the iPhone left it almost completely destroyed, with the OLED display smashed, its glass back panel shattered and its home swipe button no longer working.
A drop from the same height on the front of the phone killed the Face ID facial recognition camera and left the screen on the iPhone X completely unresponsive.
On a scale of 1-100 with a higher score being more breakable, the iPhone X scored 90 out of 100. Compared to other iPhone models, the iPhone 8 scored 67 and iPhone 8 Plus scored 74, while the rival Galaxy Note 8 scored 80 out of 100.
The results prompted SquareTrade to say “the iPhone X is the most breakable iPhone we’ve ever tested”.
SquareTrade also warned about the hefty repair bill users face should they damage their iPhone X.
For example, a screen replacement, which is one of the most common forms of damage to any smartphone, will cost more than double what it would cost to repair the screen on the iPhone 6 or iPhone SE. Any other significant repairs could cost as much as Bt25,000 under Apple’s repair pricing structure.
“You’d expect there to be a high price to pay for a beautiful phone like the iPhone X. Unfortunately for consumers, in the end it’s likely to be more than the $1,000 they’ve already invested,” said Jason Siciliano creative director at SquareTrade.
However, it wasn’t all bad news.
The iPhone X survived being submerged in five feet of water for five minutes, SquareTrade said.
Earlier this week, Apple announced the iPhone X will go on sale in Thailand on November 24th.
The 64GB iPhone will cost Bt40,500, while the large capacity 256GB iPhone X costs Bt46,500.