Samsung has lost no opportunity to tell people that its latest foldables, the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3, are the most durable foldable smartphones to date. Since their launch in August, the company has been frequently talking about the numerous durability improvements on the new foldables. Most recently, it released a video showing the various durability tests the phones have gone through to ensure that they “meet the highest standards possible.”
Durability has always been one of the biggest questions about foldable smartphones. The folding nature of these phones, which require movable parts and some open spaces within, makes them vulnerable to dust and water damage. The plastic-made flexible screen is also more prone to scratches than a glass screen used on conventional smartphones.
Samsung tried to address as many of these concerns as possible with the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3. Both phones feature an IPX8 rating for water resistance. In simpler terms, they can survive under 1.5m deep water for up to 30 minutes. The company is also promising a stronger built quality thanks to the new Armor aluminum frame, as well as a stronger folding display. The new video shows Samsung’s internal durability testing procedures for the new foldables.
Galaxy Z Fold 3, Flip 3 official durability tests
In the said video that we have attached below, Samsung first shows an “environmental chamber” test for the phones. This chamber seemingly simulates various environmental and climatic conditions to test that the foldables work efficiently in all conditions.
The Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Flip 3 are then shown submerged underwater to show their water resistance capabilities. Samsung has already explained how it achieved an IPX8 rating for the two phones.
The third test shows a robot arm using the S Pen to draw on the Galaxy Z Fold 3 folding display. It’s the first foldable with S Pen support and Samsung is telling that the feature is no gimmick. Lastly, we have the folding test. Both new foldables are said to withstand up to 200,000 folds without damage. The video shows the two phones being folded over and over at a rapid pace using robot arms.
Of course, despite all these durability improvements, foldable smartphones are still not as durable as conventional ones. So it’s always advisable that you handle your Galaxy Z Fold 3/ Flip 3 with care. You’d certainly not want to throw around the phones as Samsung seems to be logging their free-fall records. If something inside breaks due to your mishandling, the company may refuse to cover it under warranty.
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