Samsung is sharing new details on how it is testing the durability of the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Z Flip 3. However, it’s unclear exactly why Samsung is releasing this information now, especially since both phones launched in August. ; this makes us think it could be an attempt to allay fears over recent reports of cracks on the Galaxy Z Flip 3 screens.
In a video posted on its website, Samsung shows four separate tests. One has the phones in an environmental chamber, where Samsung tests the phones in different climates to make sure they still work. Another test engulfs the phones in water. One uses a robotic arm to test the performance of the S Pen on the Z Fold 3. A fourth test bends the two phones over and over again.
Samsung has shown its stress tests in the past – a 2012 video showed a robot behind sitting on phones, for example. And it’s not just Samsung; Apple has described in detail its phone antenna tests in response to the iPhone 4 “Antennagate” scandal and presented its iPhone test lab after the iPhone 6 was found to be prone to bending.
However, Samsung’s tests presented on Monday do not specifically address the question of why the Z Flip 3 displays appear to be cracking. There are more and more reports of cracks appearing in the middle of the screen right where the hinge of the phone is. 9to5Google had a particularly disturbing story on October 7:
Recently, I got my Galaxy Z Flip 3 exam device back after a few days of non-use, and I was shocked to see that the ultra-thin glass had broken. I had not dropped the phone in the past few days (only once in my use, weeks before), I hadn’t exposed it to extreme heat or cold, I hadn’t even really touched it for at least a few days, so the shattered glass really shocked me.
A Reddit user posted about a similar issue after less than three days of owning the phone. Another said his phone screen cracked within 24 hours. And the problem doesn’t seem to be exclusive to the Z Flip 3; as pointed out 9to5Google, Michael Fisher (aka MrMobile) said he saw tiny cracks on the hinge of his Z Fold 2.
One of the biggest questions about Samsung’s foldables has always been their durability, especially after the delay of the first fold because the screens would break on the review units. The reported issues with the cracks show that there may still be issues for Samsung to address to ensure their foldable phones don’t break in the long run.
- Samsung shows the durability of Fold 3 and Flip 3 in new video
- Watch the video: Samsung tests its Galaxy Z Fold 3, Z Flip 3 smartphones
- Samsung adds new foldable features to its older Z Fold and Z Flip phones with One UI 3.1.1
- Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 teardown first reveals for foldable phones
- Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3’s success portends a hopeful future for foldable phones