Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra: Gorilla Glass Victus 2-enhanced durability and repairability put to the test in new videos
The new top-end Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra has officially been on the market for 8 days now - which means it is way overdue for bend, drop and scratch tests already. However, the YouTubers JerryRigEverything and PBKReviews now has all of these covered.
The latest model has made an upgrade to Gorilla Glass Victus 2 as opposed to Victus+ in taking over from the S22 Ultra. However, to say they were comparable in terms of resistance to drops from various heights would be an understatement (the lack of vehicular challenges this year notwithstanding).
On the other hand, the S23 Ultra's screen cracked on its very first collision with Victus 2's target adversary (concrete), whereas that of its predecessor did not. Then again, the early-2023 S Pen-toting flagship managed to stay fully functional throughout the PBKReviews drop test, whereas the S22 Ultra did not.
In addition, none of the rear camera rings were smashed in during the newer video. The S23 Ultra also produced a shameless performance during its first ever JerryRigEverything appearance, particularly when its new, very slightly different Armor Aluminum frame was confronted with the bend test.
Oddly, however, that vlogger managed to produce the traditional "deeper grooves at a level 7" during the Mohs hardness stage, whereas PBKReviews did not. Nevertheless, a teardown on the part of the latter channel revealed the S23 Ultra can be taken apart about as easily as any other up-to-date flagship smartphone.
Furthermore, Samsung's new take on the battery pull-tab should make replacements much easier, helping the S23 Ultra earn a 9/10 score in this initial test of third-party repair.