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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4 durability shows some cracks in a new YouTube bend test

The Z Flip4. (Source: JerryRigEverything via YouTube)
The Z Flip4. (Source: JerryRigEverything via YouTube)
The latest Flip-series Samsung foldable smartphone has now followed its predecessor into a JerryRigEverything durability test. The new premium device seemed to match its forebear in terms of robustness for most of this new video - however, it gave what might be some cause for concern toward the end.

The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4, or the "smaller and cuter sibling to the Z Fold4", is the latest iteration of a series that has come to bring some interesting variation to the JerryRigEverything series of smartphone stress-test videos over the last few years.

For example, it has the unusual honor of having to watch through its own rear cameras as its secondary display undergoes a test of hardness with the traditional Mohs picks, an ability not seen for years prior to the launch of its predecessor.

In addition, the video's host Zach Nelson highlighted the slight pointlessness of trying to do the same to any real effect with the ultra-thin glass (UTG) of its main display, covered with a plastic factory-installed screen protector that should not be removed (according to Samsung, at least) as it is.

Nevertheless, the ~US$1,000 clamshell device is liable for the recently-instituted 'dirt-shower' portion of the test designed specially for smartphones like it and its Fold4 sibling, which it seemed to withstand at least as well as the Flip3 before it. 

Then again, when it came to the final bend-test phase of the JerryRigEverything process, the Flip4 was heard to emit many more pops and cracks in response to an attempt to fold it the wrong way compared to the previous generation.

Moreover, the smartphone lost the ability to close with the usual satisfying snap thereafter, even though its screen remained active and intact (albeit perhaps with more of a crease than before) during the entire video. It would now be all the more interesting to see how the Moto Razr 2022 fares should it hit the same YouTube channel soon.

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2022-09-10 (Update: 2022-09-23)