When Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Z Fold 3, it made some extent of emphasizing its improved sturdiness. It’s far, far too early to understand how the Z Fold Three will maintain up over time, however in a sequence of breakability checks, it appears Samsung’s sturdiness claims aren’t simply fluffy advertising.
Allstate Safety Plans (previously SquareTrade) is notorious for its drop checks and its FoldBot. Whereas we don’t know the ultimate outcomes of the FoldBot simply but, Allstate mentioned “it proved to be extraordinarily sturdy” and that there have been few doubts that it will final 200,000 folds. The Z Fold Three did, nevertheless, make critical strides in two drop checks and a dunk within the pool.
As a refresher, with the Z Fold 3, Samsung mentioned it created a stronger body with a fabric it dubs Armor Aluminum and Gorilla Glass Victus. It additionally has an IPX8 ranking, making it the primary Samsung foldable to supply any kind of water resistance. The principle display additionally has an extra panel layer and a greater protecting movie, which Samsung says makes the Z Fold 3’s display 80% extra sturdy than the Z Fold 2.
These are fairly massive claims, however the outcomes of Allstate’s breakability checks are encouraging. You possibly can watch the video for your self, however the DropBot dropped the $1,800 Z Fold Three from six ft onto concrete. Within the two drops the place the cellphone was totally open, the display didn’t shatter—a primary for any smartphone. It solely acquired minor pixel harm and scuffing. It didn’t fare so properly when the cellphone was closed, nevertheless. In that check, the display shattered with bits of glass coming unfastened. As for water resistance, the cellphone survived a 5-foot dunk within the pool for 30 minutes—which is precisely what its IPX8 ranking promised.
Samsung has made vital strides within the sturdiness of foldable telephones because it first launched the Galaxy Fold in 2019. “The Galaxy Z Fold3 is among the hardest, most sturdy telephones we’ve ever examined, and its inside display is the primary to not crack or shatter in our drop check,” Jason Siciliano, Allstate Safety Plan vp of selling and artistic director, mentioned in an announcement.
That is an encouraging signal that Samsung’s newest foldable flagship ought to have the ability to higher face up to the tough and tumble of every day life. Nevertheless, these checks aren’t precisely a 1:1 mirror of how individuals truly deal with their telephones. (I don’t learn about you, however I don’t climb up 6ft on a ladder and simply… drop my cellphone face-down.) We additionally received’t know what kind of points may pop up after months of long-term use. For example, once we examined the Z Fold 2, we discovered that the display turned more and more prone to tiny air bubbles over a number of months of every day use.
Additionally, improved sturdiness doesn’t imply these telephones are indestructible. Not solely does the cellphone itself price $1,800 to purchase, nevertheless it additionally prices $479 to restore the principle display and $149 to restore the outer display. So, uh, in case you’re vulnerable to accidents, you may nonetheless need to put money into a case.