This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl.
The display on the iPhone 12 series is said to be four times better drop protection thanks to the new Ceramic Shield. The flat design of the display, which does not protrude, is also thought to make it more resistant to screen cracks caused by drops, but what does that really mean? Allstate ProtectionPlans, a provider of smartphone warranty plans and other services in the US and Europe, has conducted the drop tests on the iPhone 12 and reported the results.
The drop tests were conducted three times from a height of six feet, with the display surface, back and sides down.
Dropping on the display surface, the iPhone 12 suffered only small cracks at the bottom but was noted to be significantly better than the iPhone 11 and Samsung Galaxy S20. The iPhone 12 Pro cracked across the lower half of its screen but sustained no malfunctions or noticeable functional damage.
Even when dropped on the back, the iPhone 12 is virtually unscathed. The backside is not covered by a Ceramic Shield, but the company says the flat side design is probably a factor in improving its durability. In contrast, the iPhone 12 Pro was shattered, including the camera section. However, the functionality itself did not seem to be affected.
When dropped on the side, both the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro were otherwise unharmed, although the edges were scratched.
It's surprising that the damage was very different between the iPhone 12 and the iPhone 12 Pro, but the difference in weight of about 25g may be a factor in that difference. However, the possibility of coincidence cannot be denied, so we are waiting for multiple tests to be conducted. It is thought that similar tests will be conducted in various places, so we can get a trend by combining them.
Anyway, there's no doubt that the iPhone 12's drop durability has improved, but it's also true that it can be easily broken if you hit it in a bad spot. It's still a good idea to install a case or protective film.
Source: Allstate Protection Plans
This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl. The Japanese edition of Engadget does not guarantee the accuracy or reliability of this article.