Soon: Our review of the Galaxy Z Fold 4 arrives on Friday; Until then, you should check out JerryRigEverything’s new durability test video (above) that puts the foldable device to the test. The good news for owners worried about breaking their nearly 2,000-year-old device is that it stands up to all the abuse pretty well.
Once again, Zack Nelson is putting the latest handheld through his scratch, burn, and bend tests to see how well it holds up. The Z Fold 3’s predecessor managed pretty well (you can watch that video here), so how will the latest foldable, which Samsung says is “unbreakable,” fare?
One of the few differences between the Fold 3 and Fold 4 is the latter’s upgrade from Gorilla Glass Victus to Gorilla Glass Victus Plus on the front screen. This doesn’t seem to have made much of a difference as far as scratches go, as they still show up at level 6 on the Mohs hardness scale with deeper grooves at level 7, the same as the Fold 3.
The internal screen has a similar performance, although the Mohs hardness scale is not the best for plastic, since it will be between levels 2 and 3, so Samsung recommends users to be careful with their nails when operating. the internal screen.
Samsung warns Z Fold 4 owners to avoid dusting the phone. However, once again the phone, hinge and fingerprint scanner are still working after being covered in debris.
The flex test is the area most users will be interested in looking at. The thick Fold 4 can’t be damaged when it’s closed, but what’s surprising is that even when it’s wide open and folded in the wrong direction, Samsung’s phone doesn’t snap in two. It’s a stark contrast to the OnePlus 10 Pro which cracked in half under the same test.
Samsung has talked about the improved durability of the Z Fold 4, which seems to show in some of the tests. That’s certainly good news for anyone who needs screens replaced or repaired, a procedure that could cost $400-$500 for those who don’t subscribe to Samsung’s Care Plus service.