Google Pixel 7 Pro Durability Test Reveals Structural Issues Around the Camera Module

The frame of the Pixel 7 Pro, which is made out of recycled aluminium, got scratched easily within a few minutes of its use.

Google Pixel 7 Pro

Google Pixel 7 series was launched earlier this year. The company announced two new flagship phones, namely the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro. The Pixel 7 series was launched in India as well, marking the company’s re-entry into the flagship space after four years. The Google Pixel 7 Pro is the top-end offering in the lineup. It comes with premium hardware at an ultra-premium price. 

The Pixel 7 Pro is priced at Rs 84,999 in India and comes with 12GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. While hardware has never been the focus for Google, the design of the Pixel 7 series has received some good response. The Pixel 7 series features a horizontal camera visor strip, which houses up to three sensors and an LED flash. The same camera module design could be a cause of concern for those who want a durable smartphone.

YouTuber JerryRigEverything performed a durability test on the Google Pixel 7 Pro. The phone did not break in half but some of the design choices make the phone more prone to damage. Let’s take a look at more details about the Google Pixel 7 Pro durability test performed by JerryRigEverything.

Google Pixel 7 Pro Did Not Get Away From the Durability Test Unscathed

YouTuber JerryRigEverything started his durability test of the Google Pixel 7 Pro with his typical scratch test on the display and sides. The display saw scratches at level 6, with deeper marks on Level 7 of Moh’s scale. 

The frame, which is made out of recycled aluminium, got scratched easily within a few minutes of its use. The YouTuber stated that there were scratches on the metal parts of the Pixel 7 Pro, including the camera island, before he began his durability test. The frame and the camera module got scratched easily when they came in contact with keys, coins, or any other pocket items. In the long run, the constant abrasion with common pocket items will wear off the metal coating, making the phone look a lot less premium than its price tag.

Fortunately, the Pixel 7 Pro survived JerryRigEverything’s scratch test on the camera glass. However, when the YouTuber performed a bend test, the Pixel 7 Pro flexed fairly a bit too much. The frame was slightly bent along the antenna lines and we could also hear some cracks near the camera bump. It did not break in half but the video does suggest that Google’s top-tier flagship phone, despite the premium hardware, is not among the most durable phones out there.

That being said, users are advised to not perform such tests on their phones. For the Pixel 7 series, it is recommended to slap a case that protects the rear panel and the metal parts. You can also apply a skin on top of the metal frame and the camera island to make it less prone to scratches and abrasion.

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