The Galaxy S8 stress tested.

1/5The Galaxy S8 stress tested.
The Galaxy S8 stress tested.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 that launched in India on Wednesday is a masterclass in industrial design. And central to the fluid design is Samsung’s new edge-to-edge Infinity Display which stands tall at 5.8-inches. Before the launch, people were apprehensive of the display taking up too much space on the phone, making it fragile and easily prone to damage. While the design and the feel of the phone may feel exquisite, the dual-curved display looks like it could crack at the slightest pressure. But all is not what meets the eye. YouTubers across the world stress tested the phones to see how tough these pretty beasts are, and the results will surprise even the sceptics..

Hammer & Knife Scratch Test

2/5Hammer & Knife Scratch Test
Hammer & Knife Scratch Test
YouTube channel TechRax went ballistic on the Galaxy S8 Plus to see how much damage it can take. They wanted to answer the basic question. It’s beautiful all right, but is it durable? Using a sharp knife, the rear glass of the phone was stabbed repeatedly and after a minute of heavy stabbing, the rear glass cracked. But only after the reviewer plunged at it with full force. Gentler slashes seemed to do no damage at all. Next, the reviewer dropped a hammer from about three inches on the display. Not even a scratch. Four to five inches. Still nothing. Heavy pounding. Nope. To recall, the Galaxy S8 uses Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection on the screen. One giant plunge. A dense hole appeared. But hey, the phone still worked. Except for the damaged part of the screen, everything else worked just like before. More plunges with the hammer caused the floor it was being tested on to crack along with more on the display. The phone eventually got bent and the phone stopped working. But despite the pummeling, the battery was left untouched. No smoke. No weird smell. Nothing. When Samsung claimed it took steps to never repeat the Galaxy Note 7 problem, it was serious.

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Drop Test

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Drop Test
The same guys who did the Hammer and Knife test also did a drop test, comparing the Galaxy S8 Plus with the newly launched iPhone 7 Plus (PRODUCT) Red edition. A side drop test from five feet, the iPhone 7 Plus showed a tiny crack on the front and some chafing on the edges with the colour scratched off. The Galaxy S8 Plus also hit the corner pretty hard but nothing, literally nothing happened to the phone, except for a small little white mark where it hit the surface. And this is an all glass phone we are talking about. No damage whatsoever. Next, the front facing drop test from five feet was performed on both the phones. And it did not go well for Apple. The iPhone 7’s display shattered the moment it hit the surface. Even more, the phone simply stopped working. No response whatsoever after the drop. The Galaxy S8 Plus also did not go unscathed. But fared much better than its rival. There were cracks on the corners and multiple hairline cracks across the display which were quite visible when held against the light. But it still worked. That’s enough to call the Galaxy S8 a winner in this one.

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Scratch, Burn and Bend test

4/5Scratch, Burn and Bend test
Scratch, Burn and Bend test
YouTuber JerryRigEverything performed an extensive scratch, burn and bend test on the Galaxy S8. Dividing the screen into areas of increasing intensities, he used a knife to make scratches across the display, and only in the end did it show signs of scratches. He also notes that since there is Gorilla Glass 5, the average keys and coins will not harm the phone in any way. He also performed a similar test over the camera with no harm done whatsoever. Next, calling it the ‘Apocalypse test’, the reviewer held a lighter against the screen to see how long the display can withstand fire. The result? The AMOLED display lasted 30 seconds of fire showing a white patch which quickly vanished after the fire was taken away. It’s impressive considering the display on the S7 met with a similar fate but never recovered. The bend test followed suit. And the reviewer was surprised to realise there is zero flex to the device. He put immense pressure on the phone and apart from the flashlight lighting up randomly, there was no other effect. Samsung’s build quality has always been commendable (never mind the Galaxy Note 7 goof-up, it happens!), and the Galaxy S8 only takes it up a notch higher.

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Deep Water Test

5/5Deep Water Test
Deep Water Test
Tested by YouTube channel EverythingApplePro, here again the iPhone 7 Plus (Product) Red makes an appearance. The Columbia river was the scene of crime. The victims- The iPhone 7 Plus and the Galaxy S8 Plus. At three feet beneath the surface for three minutes, both the phones survived. The Galaxy S8 is actually rated for five feet under water, so it’s not surprising. The iPhone 7 Plus max out at three feet though, and yet, no damage. Submerged for five feet next for three minutes- once again, both phones survived. Ten feet. Still nothing. 15 feet. Nope. Nothing. 20 feet. 30 feet. Nothing. Finally, at 40 feet underneath the Columbia river, the Galaxy S8 gave up. But the iPhone 7 Plus, to everyone’s surprise was still working. No moisture in the camera. The screen just as bright. But the Galaxy S8 didn’t respond any more. That is really something because the iPhone 7 Plus is IP67 rated while the Galaxy S8 Plus is IP68 rated. Which means that Samsung’s flagship should outlive Apple’s. But then, where the iPhone was supposed to die out at 3 feet and the Galaxy S8 at 5 feet, both went on till 30 feet with ease without even a scratch.

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