Lenovo Legion Duel Snaps in Two in Bend Test, After ROG Phone 5: Unreal Force or Structural Issues?

The Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2 is extremely powerful, and...umm...brittle.

Few things are more cringeworthy yet satisfying than seeing a smartphone break in half. Even more so when the phone in question is expensive and perhaps niche. Enter the Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2 in the hands of YouTuber JerryRigEverything. The YouTuber has made a name for himself by stress testing devices, with his videos routinely making for articles just like this one. This time he took the Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2 out for a ride and lo and behold, the phone breaks almost as easily as a heavily frozen bar of Cadbury’s chocolate.

Be careful what you ask for…

Smartphone makers have crammed more and more features into these six-something inch devices, but one thing they haven’t been able to solve over a decade or so is durability. The most expensive smartphone today is just one drop away from being turned into a useless slab or glass and metal. And the satisfying crack you hear from the Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2 as JerryRigEverything breaks it in the video (with what seems like remarkably little effort) is yet another proof for just that.

Coincidentally, the phone breaks in his hands a second or so after he says he’s “not even remotely concerned about it breaking”. Which is exactly what smartphone makers want you to think about their devices. The whole durability (or the lack thereof) problem with phones really came into notice in 2016, with Apple’s bendgate debacle. And what do you know, we may have added features today, but phones just break instead of bending now.

Ok, that may be an overstatement. Not every phone breaks this easily. But just look at that phone in JerryRigEverything’s video. The phone is priced at around €799, which translates to over Rs. 70,000. The phone isn’t in India yet, but if we consider export duties and other aspects, it’s likely going to be priced in that ultra-premium range. Wouldn’t expecting such a phone to hold off a tiny flex be reasonable? After all, what if you happen to just flex the phone a little in the heat of the moment — say while playing an intense round of PUBG Mobile? Maybe this is why companies want to develop ways for humans to interact with machines with our brains instead of hands. 

Of course, the Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2 is only an example for what is true for virtually every smartphone today. Not all of them will break as easily as this one did, but they do break quite easily, no matter which animal’s name you brand the glass with. Think about it, 8GB RAM, two USB Type-C ports, the fastest processors out there, being housed inside a body that can barely hold them.

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