Samsung is sharing new particulars about the way it exams the sturdiness of the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Z Flip 3. Nonetheless, it’s unclear precisely why Samsung is releasing this data now, particularly provided that each telephones launched in August; that makes us suppose it could possibly be an try to assuage fears sparked by current experiences of cracks on Galaxy Z Flip 3 screens.
In a video posted on its website, Samsung reveals 4 separate exams. One has the telephones in an environmental chamber, the place Samsung exams the telephones below completely different climates to verify they nonetheless work. One other take a look at engulfs the telephones in water. One makes use of a robotic arm to check the efficiency of the S Pen on the Z Fold 3. A fourth take a look at folds each telephones again and again.
Samsung has proven off its stress exams prior to now — one video from 2012 confirmed a robotic butt sitting on telephones, for instance. And it’s not simply Samsung; Apple described its cellphone antenna testing intimately in response to the iPhone 4’s “Antennagate” scandal and confirmed off its iPhone testing lab after the iPhone 6 was discovered to be vulnerable to bending.
Samsung’s exams proven on Monday don’t particularly handle the problem of why Z Flip 3 screens appear to be cracking, although. There are rising numbers of experiences of cracks showing in the course of the display screen proper about the place the cellphone’s hinge is. 9to5Google had a particularly worrying story on October seventh:
Not too long ago, I picked up my Galaxy Z Flip 3 evaluate unit after a number of days of no use, and I used to be shocked to see that the ultra-thin glass had damaged. I hadn’t dropped the cellphone in current days (solely as soon as in my utilization, weeks beforehand), I hadn’t uncovered it to excessive warmth or chilly, I hadn’t even actually touched it over the course of a minimum of a number of days, so the shattered glass got here as a real shock to me.
A person on Reddit posted a few comparable difficulty after less than three days of owning the phone. One other mentioned their cellphone’s display screen cracked within 24 hours. And the issue doesn’t appear to be unique to the Z Flip 3; as identified by 9to5Google, Michael Fisher (aka MrMobile) mentioned he noticed tiny cracks on the hinge on his Z Fold 2.
One of many greatest questions on Samsung’s foldables has all the time been their sturdiness, particularly after the primary Fold was delayed as a result of screens had been breaking on evaluate models. The reported points with cracks present that there may nonetheless be some issues for Samsung to resolve to make sure that their foldable telephones don’t break over the lengthy haul.