Samsung is sharing new particulars about the way it exams the sturdiness of the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Z Flip 3. Nevertheless, it’s unclear precisely why Samsung is releasing this data now, particularly provided that each telephones launched in August; that makes us assume it may very well be an try to assuage fears sparked by current experiences of cracks on Galaxy Z Flip 3 screens.
In a video posted on its web site, Samsung reveals 4 separate exams. One has the telephones in an environmental chamber, the place Samsung exams the telephones underneath totally different climates to verify they nonetheless work. One other check 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 check 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 liable to bending.
Samsung’s exams proven on Monday don’t particularly handle the difficulty of why Z Flip 3 screens appear to be cracking, although. There are growing numbers of experiences of cracks showing in the midst of the display screen proper about the place the cellphone’s hinge is. 9to5Google had a very worrying story on October seventh:
Just lately, I picked up my Galaxy Z Flip 3 evaluation unit after a couple 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 not less than a couple of days, so the shattered glass got here as a real shock to me.
A person on Reddit posted a couple of comparable subject after lower than three days of proudly owning the cellphone. One other mentioned their cellphone’s display screen cracked inside 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 have been breaking on evaluation items. The reported points with cracks present that there may nonetheless be some issues for Samsung to unravel to make sure that their foldable telephones don’t break over the lengthy haul.