Samsung claims it 'extensively' drop tests phones for durability

Beware! Dropping your phone could turn out to be an expensive affair.

  • Published: February 22, 2018 10:07 AM IST
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Samsung is all set to launch the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ smartphones at MWC 2018 expo. And ahead of the announcement, the South Korean giant has published a video on its YouTube channel showing how it carry out ‘extensive’ drop tests on its phones to check for their durability. The Infinity edge-to-edge display and slim profile of the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8 does make them vulnerable to cracked screens and more. But with the video, Samsung is trying to show that it does some rigorous testing for durability tests.

Spotted by AndroidHeadlines, the video is shot in dimly lit conditions showing number of hands trying to grasp the phones, only to slip between their fingers, each and every time. Sure, the company may be testing smartphones for failures beyond cracked screens before releasing them in the markets.

When you happen to drop the smartphone, it’s not just the external shock, the frames getting bent, or internal components getting rattled. There are other failures too. The network antenna may get knocked out, the frames may even squash batteries that could then burst into flames. Samsung releasing this video just ahead of MWC 2018 is not likely a coincidence.

Even though Samsung assures that the new device won’t fail even after a catastrophic drop, we won’t recommend you try this at home or anywhere else. The glass back of the smartphones do make them slippery, and we would advise you to put a protective skin or use a cover on your smartphones to resist the shock as much as it can.

The Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ are set to bring incremental upgrades with faster and more power hardware. Both smartphones are expected to retain the same screen size as the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. With Snapdragon 845 octa-core SoC or Exynos 9810 SoC under-the-hood, the Galaxy S9 could come with 4GB of RAM and 64GB onboard storage. The ‘Plus’ variant, on the other hand, could come with 6GB of RAM and 128GB or 256GB onboard storage.

Cameras will once again be the focus of new smartphones and while the Galaxy S9 is likely to come with a single 12-megapixel camera setup with variable aperture, the Galaxy S9+ is set to come with dual camera setup at the back. Both smartphones are also likely to come with 3D facial recognition technology, iris scanner, and Apple iPhone X-like animoji feature. Samsung will unveil both smartphones on February 25 at an Unpacked event, and they could go on sale starting second week of March.

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  • Published Date: February 22, 2018 10:07 AM IST