Samsung's Galaxy Z Fold3 undergoes JerryRigEverything durability testing
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Samsung has introduced its latest flexible-display flagship, the Galaxy Z Fold3, as the most resilient and robust of its line thus far. It even has an IPX8 rating for the first time in 2021. Is that enough to repel "scratches at a level 6, with deeper grooves at a level 7"? Zach Nelson of JerryRigEverything has just posted a new video that might help a potential buyer to find out.
First things first: the answer to the first question is no, obviously not. The latest Z Fold's main display, being made of AMOLED overlaid with ultra-thin glass and an apparently mandatory screen protector, and is thus incapable of withstanding the normal Mohs hardness stage of testing. Therefore, it is hard to uphold Samsung's claims that its new foldable's 7.6-inch main event is "80% harder" compared to that of its predecessor under these conditions.
Nelson proceeded to reveal a number of interesting things about the foldable and its accessory ecosystem nonetheless. For example, it is relatively easy to snap its custom-designed S Pen in half, and this stylus is literally spring-loaded in order to help prevent damage to the Z Fold3 through normal use.
Furthermore, the OEM's newly-designed "Armor Aluminum" frame seems no more resistant to attack with a razor-blade than normal. Nelson also introduced the foldable to a handful of dirt, which was also shut into the foldable (which makes admittedly satisfying snapping noises on closing).
However, the device seemed to be fully functional even after being coated in material for which it has no official ingress-protection rating...although whether this finding would hold up in the long run is another matter. Finally, the Z Fold3 refused to break in half, even in response to an attempt to bend it the wrong way, staying on and apparently completely alive, despite some mysterious muted cracking noises from within.
Therefore, this new JerryRigEverything video might represent evidence that the Galaxy Z Fold3 is indeed Samsung's most durable foldable flagship to date. It would now be interesting to see what happens should it be the new Z Flip3's turn soon.