When Samsung first launched their first-ever foldable phone, the excitement for the device and technology behind it were quickly dampened when initial reviews found it to be a lot less durable than they would have liked. Thankfully, over the years Samsung has learnt from their mistakes and made improvements to the overall durability.
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 is the company’s latest and greatest foldable phone, but how does it fare in terms of durability? YouTuber JerryRigEverything decided to find out by putting the phone through a gauntlet of tests to see how it fares in terms of scratches, the hinge’s durability, and more.
One of the things to note is that the Galaxy Z Fold 3 uses Corning’s new Gorilla Glass Victus and can withstand up to about a 6 on the Moh hardness scale, so you don’t have to worry about pocket change and keys scratching it. Unfortunately, the plastic foldable screen is still quite weak and saw scratches on a level 2, but that’s not really Samsung’s fault as that’s how the current technology is.
That was kind of how touchscreen displays were back then, where they used plastic displays as capacitive displays weren’t readily available for mobile devices yet, so like we said, it’ll probably improve further down the line.
The test also showed how the phone managed to resist water, thanks to its oleophobic coatings on the display, and also its X8 IP rating. In any case, if you have a few minutes to spare and you’re thinking of dropping $1,800 on the Galaxy Z Fold 3, maybe this is something you should watch first.
Source: Android Police