Google started fixing Pixel 4 with software updates, which has become an annoying tradition for the phone series. For now, Google has resolved the issue with the smooth display and still needs to fix the security leak when unlocking the 3D face, which allows you to unlock the phone even when your eyes are closed. But it turns out that the Pixel 4 has a huge flaw that no software update can fix.
We've come a long way since 2014, when early buyers of the iPhone 6 found an annoying problem. Apply enough pressure on those first-generation thin aluminum frames and you can bend them without damaging the phone's structure. Apple quickly fixed its Bendgate problem and made sure it never happened again.
But every new iPhone, since the iPhone 6 has been tested for bending issues, the JerryRigEverything YouTube channel is a constant source of endurance testing for new devices. The same test is performed on every major new phone and the Pixel 4 just received the same treatment.
Much to everyone's surprise, the Pixel 4 XL has a design flaw that makes bending possible. And it's even worse than the iPhone 6. The antenna lines located on the side of the metal frame are what appear to compromise the structural integrity of the phone, causing irreparable damage. As you can see in the image above, the Pixel 4 bends – or rather, breaks – in two places on both sides.
The display still seems to work, but once you've damaged your phone, it's not
This is a major issue for the flagship phone, especially one that has to compete against the iPhone and any other Android flagship. Therefore, you should pay extra attention to how you handle the handset and store it in bags, pants and other places. It is also a good idea not to sit on it as it may not withstand the extra pressure.
Moreover, if the Pixel 4 XL bends with such ease, then the Pixel 4 will almost certainly not get better, given that
Ironically, Google's other tradition in Pixel is that it reproduces the design choices and features of the iPhone. Unfortunately, it seems that the Pixel 4 does not copy the durability of the iPhone. Google should remove this immediately. Until then, watch the full endurance test video below to see how the Pixel 4 cracks under pressure: