OnePlus the North submits his first video teardown thanks to JerryRigEverything, the same YouTuber that has demonstrated the relatively poor structural rigidity and compromise the screen with his infamous “bend tests”. It turns out that the smartphone actually has a shell central metal, but this is not the classic aluminum shaped by CNC machine: in its place is a alloy die-cast more light and soft – in other words: less resistant to kinks and tangles.
It is interesting to observe that the failure of the device during the test occurred immediately above the battery, more or less, where there are also the side buttons, power on/off and volume adjustment. Breaking point classic for smartphones, looking at the test past (recall, for example, the disaster of the Nexus 6P).
For the rest, the smartphone seems to be well built: the adhesive is not too strong and the tab below the battery allows you to remove agile and without efforts. Also interesting to note that, although the smartphone is formally certified IP, is equipped with the same anti-liquids and dust taken in the top models of the range – for example, seals at each port, and the adhesive sealant. Better not try your luck, but it seems that the smartphone is able to survive a dip accidental.
In the meantime, however, from various online forums emerge several reports of halos on the display. You notice it especially with brightness levels below 25%, in dark environments, and in conjunction with the dark themes. It happens with a certain frequency in the AMOLED display, and sometimes you just need a software update to resolve (see, for example, the same OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro). And apparently it will be like for the North, according to the statement released by OnePlus to colleagues from 9to5google.