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Here’s why the Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro breaks in half when bent

Earlier this week, the Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro was exposed to what is now a traditional YouTube bend test and didn’t live to tell the tale – snapping two halves no less. This is a similar story to what happened to the ROG Phone 5 Ultimate last year, so it’s not too surprising, but still – most phones that pass the same bend test survive.

So what does it give? Why did ROG Phone 6 Pro give up? That’s what today’s teardown video wants to explore, while also giving us a look inside the phone.

What stands out most is a strange hole in the middle part of the phone, which is a crossing from the back glass to the vapor chamber under the display. This is probably a way to get out of the heat and nothing else, although it certainly can’t help adding structural integrity to the middle of the phone, where it’s needed most. The motherboard is stacked, and the thermal paste is blue. The two batteries are connected to each other by permanent tape.

As was hinted at by the durability test video, the phone’s most durable part is the screen glass – and Gorilla Glass Victus is clearly no joke. In the (understandable) service of gamers, Asus has devised a design that places a second USB-C port to the side, which is likely what combines with the aforementioned heat transfer vent and power button slot to introduce enough structural fragility to make the ROG Phone 6 Pro easier to bend than others. However, using a solid state will likely mitigate all of this.