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Google Pixel 4 XL Fails to Pass Bend Test in New Video, Seen to Be Prone to Scratches

Photo Credit: YouTube/ JerryRigEverything

Google Pixel 4 XL starts to scratch out at level six on Mohs’ hardness scale

  • Google Pixel 4 XL carries glass protection at its front and back
  • YouTube channel JerryRigEverything has put it on its stress tests
  • Pixel 4 XL is found to have a thick paint coating on top

  • Google Pixel 4 XL


While Google accentuates all great features of the Pixel 4 XL to make it a solid choice in the high-end market segment, YouTube channel JerryRigEverything has put the latest Pixel flagship on a series of stress tests to highlight its fragile design and bendable body. The narrator in a video of over nine minutes takes the Pixel 4 XL through the traditional scratch and bend tests to examine its durability. Google has used glass protection at both the front and back of the Pixel phone that doesn’t strongly resist scratches. Also, the structure of the handset is found to bend easily with some amount of pressure.

The narrator begins the stress test video on the Google Pixel 4 XL by attempting to scratch its display that is protected by a Gorilla Glass panel. The phone is found to gain scratches at hardness levels between six and seven of Mohs’ scale. This is similar to many other flagships, including the iPhone 11 and OnePlus 7 Pro.

Google has offered an aluminium frame on the Pixel 4 XL that isn’t anodised and is found to have a thick paint coating on top, similar to previous Pixel phones. This “hybrid coating” can be scraped off easily, the YouTuber notes in the video.

Similar to previous Pixel phones, the Pixel 4 XL carries an oddly coloured power button that is found to be made of a plastic material. The handset also has a plastic “buffer layer” between its glass screen and metal frame that could help protect the display during some drops.