It has been a few months since the Galaxy Z Fold 3 first landed in consumers’ hands. The jury is already out, and Samsung’s latest and greatest foldable has had mixed but mostly positive reviews. One aspect of the device that only a few reviewers dare to check out is its durability, mostly due to the $1,800 tag attached to it. Fortunately, there are a couple of that do take the plunge and check out to verify or refute Samsung’s claims about the phone’s durability.
Samsung’s durability claims revolve round the 80% stronger foldable display, the utilization of Gorilla Glass Victus on the surface , and therefore the Armor Aluminum frame touted to be 10% stronger than 7000-series aluminum. Of course, these all sound great on paper, but the important test is whether or not the expensive phone will survive drops, even carefully found out but still excruciatingly painful scenarios. Good thing PhoneBuff was willing to require one for the team and dropped the Galaxy Z Fold 3 no but ten times to seek out.
The good news is that the foldable phone survived the heart-stopping tests, completely functional even with cracked glass on the surface and a really small number of dead pixels on the within. The inner main display even survived being dropped on concrete from a height of 1 meter (a bit over 3 feet) and steel from 1.5 meters (almost 5 feet). That’s partially because of the marginally raised aluminum lip round the display also because the pre-installed screen protector (that shouldn’t be removed).
Unfortunately, an equivalent couldn’t be said for the glass-covered exterior, which cracked after the primary drop. The outer cover display still worked, though, but you ought to probably protect your fingers from the glass shards. These tests don’t speak well of the Gorilla Glass Victus, but these drop tests are unforgiving.
Throughout the ten drops, the hinge continued functioning with no problems. Anecdotes from other owners confirm these tests, revealing minor dings and scuff marks on the Galaxy Z Fold 3’s frame after accidental drops. The most display often finishes up unharmed, though it sounds a touch ironic that something which will survive such a drop test wouldn’t have an equivalent luck against your fingernail.