If Apple Inc.'s (AAPL) iPhone X is the future of the smartphone, then buyers should prepare for their phones to get a whole lot more breakable.
That's because the 10th anniversary iPhone X is unable to survive one drop before breaking, making it the "most breakable iPhone ever," according to electronics warranty provider SquareTrade Inc., owned by AllState (ALL) . The $1,000 iPhone X is Apple's most advanced smartphone yet, with an edge-to-edge organic LED screen, glass back and stainless steel frame. Many analysts expect it to be Apple's top-selling iPhone.
SquareTrade uses a variety of drop, bend, tumble and dunk tests to gauge how easily each phone will break. It then calculates a device's breakability score based on those results. The higher a device scores, the higher the risk of it breaking due to an accident.
The iPhone X was assigned a breakability score of 90 out of 100, giving it a "high risk" of being broken. After being dropped face down, the iPhone X's screen shattered, became unresponsive and the facial recognition technology failed completely, SquareTrade noted. A sideways drop created the most internal damage, making the screen completely inoperable, and a back drop shattered the iPhone X's glass back, leaving behind shards of glass. It did manage to do reasonably well underwater, however, experiencing minimal damage after being submerged in five feet of water for 30 minutes.
The iPhone X's hefty costs don't stop at its $1,000 price tag, either. SquareTrade found that the iPhone X is the most expensive to repair, owing to its thin, OLED screen, smaller logic board, multiple cables and a "split battery" that's difficult to remove.
"You'd expect there to be a high price to pay for a beautiful phone like the iPhone X," said Jason Siciliano, SquareTrade's vice president global creative director. "The iPhone X's fragility, along with Apple's $549 fee for most repairs, make it the definition of a high-risk phone."
SquareTrade's data comes in contrast to Apple, which has said the iPhone X has the most "durable glass ever" in a smartphone. On top of that, the company noted that the iPhone X's framing is made of "surgical-grade" stainless steel.
TheStreet reached out to Apple for comment about SquareTrade's findings, but the tech giant did not respond.
Additionally, SquareTrade recently found that the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are at "medium risk" of breaking, compared to the iPhone X's high risk. SquareTrade gave the iPhone 8 a breakability score of 67, while the iPhone 8 Plus has a breakability score of 74. Like the iPhone X, the devices' glass-backed design was the major reason behind their increased breakability. Apple introduced a glass-backed design to each of its latest flagship smartphones this year, after using an aluminum body on the iPhone 7/7 Plus models.