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The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 goes through JerryRigEverything's testing, fares perhaps better than you might think

JerryRigEverything tests the Z Fold2. (Source: YouTube)
JerryRigEverything tests the Z Fold2. (Source: YouTube)
The popular electronics destruction-testing YouTube channel JerryRigEverything has gotten Samsung's latest flagship foldable, the Galaxy Z Fold2, in for a durability test. The resulting video might prove that the OEM has improved on its robustness compared to last year's model. Then again, there were some surprising discrepancies, especially considering this phone's starting price.

The Galaxy Z Fold2 has been tested by the reparability specialist group iFixit, which may show that it has improved in these terms compared to its first generation. Now, JerryRigEverything's Zach Nelson has posted a new video assessing the premium foldable's durability as well.

This post revealed a few interesting things about the recently-launched device, including that its re-designed narrow external display Corning Gorilla Glass will still exhibit the classic "with deeper grooves at a level 7" result when Mohs picks are taken to it, Victus or no. This material also had a marked reaction to the "lighter" portion of Nelson's testing.

Its internal 7.6-inch screen had its factory-installed screen protector removed, which is not a normal feature of its review videos thus far. Its "UTG glass" could not withstand even a leve 2 Mohs pick, and even yielded to fingernails. Then again, this resulted in no damage to the underlying AMOLED display.

The show's host also subjected the Z Fold2 to a new phase invented for the purposes of foldables: earth and grit poured all over the main display before closing the phone. Surprisingly, this elicited none of the ominous grinding or crunching noises indicating the dirt had found its way into the hinge, something that couldn't be said for its predecessor.

The second-generation flexible flagship also held up well under a bend test, a process that, unlike conventional phones, involves tyring to do so in the direction contrary to which the device in question would prefer. On the other hand, Nelson found that the Fold2's fingerprint sensor - which is side-mounted - functioned poorly after even light scratching and following the "dirt" stage. Not a great look in a near-US$2000 product.


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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2020-10- 3 (Update: 2020-10- 3)