Samsung is sharing new particulars about the way it exams the sturdiness of the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Z Flip 3. Nonetheless, it’s unclear precisely why Samsung is releasing this data now, particularly on condition that each phones launched in August; that makes us suppose it could possibly be an try to assuage fears sparked by current studies of cracks on Galaxy Z Flip 3 screens.
In a video posted on its website, Samsung exhibits 4 separate exams. One has the phones in an environmental chamber, the place Samsung exams the phones below totally different climates to make sure that they nonetheless work. One other test engulfs the phones in water. One makes use of a robotic arm to test the efficiency of the S Pen on the Z Fold 3. A fourth test folds each phones time and again.
Samsung has proven off its stress exams in the previous — one video from 2012 confirmed a robotic butt sitting on phones, for instance. And it’s not simply Samsung; Apple described its telephone antenna testing in element in response to the iPhone 4’s “Antennagate” scandal and confirmed off its iPhone testing lab after the iPhone 6 was discovered to be inclined to bending.
Samsung’s exams proven on Monday don’t particularly handle the difficulty of why Z Flip 3 screens appear to be cracking, although. There are rising numbers of studies of cracks showing in the center of the display proper about the place the telephone’s hinge is. 9to5Google had a particularly worrying story on October seventh:
A person on Reddit posted about a related problem after less than three days of owning the phone. One other stated their telephone’s display cracked within 24 hours. And the issue doesn’t appear to be unique to the Z Flip 3; as identified by 9to5Google, Michael Fisher (aka MrMobile) stated he noticed tiny cracks on the hinge on his Z Fold 2.
One of many greatest questions on Samsung’s foldables has all the time been their sturdiness, particularly after the primary Fold was delayed as a result of screens have been breaking on evaluation models. The reported points with cracks present that there may nonetheless be some issues for Samsung to clear up to be sure that their foldable phones don’t break over the lengthy haul.