The LG V10 has only recently been unveiled, but Android fanatics have already decided it is high-time to put the dual-screen smartphone to the test.
The folks over at Android Authority have gotten hold of a shiny, new LG V10 for the sole purpose of testing whether the South Korean manufacturer's claims of the smartphone's military-grade resistance can stand up to the test.
LG claims the V10 has received a MIL-STD-810 resistance rating, a military standard used for testing the durability of certain equipment. Technically, this means that the V10 should be able to withstand 26 drops from a height of 4 feet into a plywood board placed on top of concrete.
It should be noted, however, that no government or private entity actually develops tests for commercial products, such as smartphones, so it is always best to take any manufacturer's claims of MIL-STD-810 ratings with a grain of salt.
That said, the V10 does appear to be one tough slab of glass and metal to crack. Aside from its stainless steel frame, the smartphone is also made from DuraSkin, a strong but soft plastic that gives the user a good grip on the humongous phablet while protecting the device from damage.
The video of the drop test shows LG has made good on its promise of delivering a high-quality smartphone with a durable build. While Android Authority's drop test consisted mostly of real-life scenarios, the website also threw in more intense tests just to see how far the V10's military-grade claims can go.
The result is pretty surprising. For all of the real-life scenarios, the smartphone suffered only minor cuffs and scratches, even though the back panel came off pretty often. Meanwhile, other smartphones would have likely cracked or shattered in the same situation. The screen remained surprisingly intact, until the very last drop test, where the V10 was thrown into the air.
Nonetheless, even while the phone's screen shattered, the display continued to work, and the phone remained fully functional as though it had not just been dropped 15 times.
There aren't very many instances where users would need to throw a smartphone into the air, but anyone who's looking into an extremely durable device—with a useful secondary screen to boot—should do well to consider the LG V10.