Apple claims the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max use the “most durable smartphone glass in the world.” But then that’s a claim the company has made every year during the launch of a new iPhone but that has not stopped the front or rear glass from picking up scratches or shattering on a drop any rarer.
So, how does the ”most durable smartphone glass in the world” perform in drop tests? Just for comparison sake, YouTuber TechSmartt also threw in an iPhone X in the drop test comparison.
The iPhone X cracked in the second drop test itself when it was dropped from nearly a 6ft height. The bottom right corner of the display cracked as the phone hit the ground on its lower edge. As for the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, they survived the drops from a height of 6ft without any issues.
In the final drop test when all the three phones were dropped from a 10ft height, the iPhone X’s condition went from bad to worse. It fell on one of its edge and its rear and front glass completely shattered. The iPhone XS, on the other hand, fell face down and was better able to absorb the force which is why its glass did not shatter. The iPhone XS Max was not so lucky since one of its edges hit the floor first which led to the front glass panel cracking. This also led to the OLED panel of the device glitching out.
Overall, it looks like the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max do come with a more durable glass than the iPhone X. These new glass panels seem to better withstand drops if they fall flat on the floor. However, if the corner of the device hits the floor first, chances are the glass panel is going to shatter.
Do note that a durable glass does not mean it is not prone to scratching. These are two completely different things and you should be a bit careful with your iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max if you don’t want the display cover glass to be filled with scratches.