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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5 challenges Google Pixel Fold in new durability test video

The Z Fold5 pre-bend test. (Source: JerryRigEverything via YouTube)
The Z Fold5 pre-bend test. (Source: JerryRigEverything via YouTube)
Samsung touted the Galaxy Z Fold5 as the most robust foldable Android smartphone yet on its July 2023 debut. In fact, its reduced hinge-gap, advanced Armor Aluminum frame and IP8X water-resistant rating comprise most of its upgrades compared to its Fold4 predecessor. JerryRigEverything set out to find out just how much they count for, especially considering how poorly other 2023 foldables have fared during the YouTube channel's famous bend test.

Samsung hailed the Galaxy Z Fold5 as the "strongest" foldable it has ever made during the latest Unpacked event. Then again, Google had similar confidence in its Pixel Fold...right up until it snapped in half in the last stages of the signature JerryRigEverything battery of durability tests on YouTube.

The Galaxy Z Fold5, on the other hand, inherited the class-leading results of its Fold4 predecessor, even withstanding the classic bend test in a way that put the (admittedly first-gen) Pixel Fold to shame.

The new Samsung flagship was even able to endure the new "dust...and sand...and little rocks" stage of JerryRigEverything testing designed specially for its class of smartphones, even though those hoping for a formally dust-resistant Flex Hinge will have to wait for yet another Z Fold generation.

Then again, the Galaxy Z Fold5 was left with particularly noticeable scars on both its cover and main "Suspension Substrate" display as a result of exposure to heat from the JerryRigEverything lighter, and lost a lot of fingerprint reader reliability after having it attacked by the equally traditional razor blade.

In addition, it seems its elongated SIM card reader could indeed have accommodated a microSD card, had Samsung been in any way inclined to do so. ("Not cool.") Nevertheless, while most Galaxy Z Fold5 specs might be "same as last year", its structural integrity also, luckily, remains unchanged.

The 2023 foldable also still fails to integrate a stylus, depending on a new "Compact" S Pen that lives in an official Samsung case for those S23 Ultra-like functions instead. The new take on the OEM's screen-writing accessory honestly doesn't look that robust...perhaps it's a good thing it wasn't involved in this latest JerryRigEverything video after all.

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2023-08- 9 (Update: 2023-08- 9)