Video blogger Zach Nelson, better known under the pseudonym JerryRigEverything, got his hands on the new Apple iPhone 12 Pro smartphone and gave him a traditional series of strength tests.
Note that this model uses Ceramic Shield glass to protect the display. But after the traditional attempt to scratch it with various hard objects, it was not possible to reveal any differences between the Ceramic Shield and the traditional protective glass for smartphones. As in the case of other modern flagship smartphones, leaving small scratches on the Ceramic Shield is possible when exposed to objects with a 6th level of hardness on the Mohs scale. When exposed to objects with a 7th level of hardness on the Mohs scale, more noticeable and deep damage remains on the protective coating. Although the scratches look less distinct than a regular protective glass. To provide protection, Apple coated the glass with nano-sized ceramic crystals. However, this improved resistance to breakage, but not to scratches.
The outer frame of the Apple iPhone 12 Pro smartphone is made of stainless steel. It is more scratch resistant compared to smartphones that use an aluminum frame. Although the paint still scratches. The back cover will be left with marks after being exposed to metal objects such as keys or coins. However, they are easily removed by simply rubbing them with your finger.
The lenses of the main camera are not scratched by ordinary metal objects, even sharp ones. It is possible to leave noticeable scratches on them only when exposed to objects with the 6th (or higher) level of hardness on the Mohs scale.
The Apple iPhone 12 Pro uses an OLED display. When exposed to an open flame of a lighter for 30 seconds, the display did not receive any visible damage, although usually a burned out spot appears in such displays, which cannot be restored. Probably, in the case of the iPhone 12 Pro, Ceramic Shield provides additional protection, since ceramics have a low thermal conductivity.
In the flexion test, the Apple iPhone 12 Pro performed well. Thanks to the stainless steel frame and glass panels, the device practically does not bend if you try to bend it with your hands. The glass does not crack and the smartphone retains its structural integrity.