8 Ways OPPO’s QA Tests
(Or How You Know
Is Ready for You)
By Jozza Alegre Palaganas
You probably already know that OPPO is the #SelfieExpert and that their cameras are impressive-borderline-unbelievable, and these are probably why you got the phone in the first place. But did you know that the sleek, aluminum and Gorilla Glass-covered, wide-screened beauty in your hand goes through a host of violent occurrences before it goes out to mass production?
We recently toured the OPPO Factory in Dongguan in Guangdong, China and were horrified — and then relieved, and of course, amazed — to witness firsthand the myriad QA tests that OPPO puts their phones through to make sure they meet and exceed all our expectations. There are around 150 of these tests, but here are 8 that make OPPO far more intense than we ever imagined.
We use the power, volume and fingerprint keys all the time, right? OPPO goes all out and tests with a kilogram of force and tap each side key 100,000 times and the fingerprint key a million times. Yep, that many times because this test makes sure your phone’s buttons work for up to six years.
It’s Familiar with Your Back Pocket
OPPO simulates your habit of putting your phone against your behind. It even tests with a simulated denim pocket, with 25 kilograms of force, applied a whopping 1,000 times. This test also verifies whether pressing against a small object, like a key, would damage the handset.
It’ll Probably Survive Surprise Metro Manila Rain Showers
First, the handset is pitched at a 75-degree angle and then it’s tested under a simulated 60 liters per hour rainfall. After the test, the handset is wiped clean and all functions are checked. Then they leave it aside for three days, making sure that the moisture inside evaporates. After that, they disassemble the phone to verify that the main board and the screen aren’t corroded.
It’s Probably More Beach-Ready than You
They put their handsets through a crazy high temperature of 80°C for 500 hours (basically bake it), and expect functions to be normal with the radio frequency index within the specified range afterwards.