With the new top smartphones, a very specific test usually follows a few weeks after the market launch – the dreaded durability test on the YouTube channel JerryRigEverything. This time, the star of the show is the latest foldable, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5, which came to market late last month.
As with normal cell phones, the durability test of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5 starts with the scratch test. The outer display can rely on Gorilla Glass Victus 2 protection. Despite the currently hardest type of glass, scratches remain from level 6 on the Mohs hardness scale with deeper grooves from level 7.
The situation is different with the inner main display, which has a permanent, non-replaceable plastic protection. Glass would prevent the opening and closing here. Since it is plastic, however, scratches appear from level 2, with deeper grooves from level 3. The frame of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5 is made of aluminum, as is the hinge. The buttons of the Samsung smartphone are also metal.
The upper plastic layer of the main display will melt after about 10 seconds if it comes into contact with an open flame. The cover display takes a little longer thanks to the glass. Unfortunately, the fingerprint sensor no longer works reliably after being scratched.
Ahead of the competition
Next comes the dust test, in which the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5 has to withstand a lot of sand. However, this has no influence on the function of the hinge. The foldable also withstands bending when it is closed without any problems, as well as bending tests when it is open. You can’t do much better in the tests, especially as a foldable smartphone. Additionally, some of the main competitors, like the Google Pixel Fold and the Motorola Razr 40 Ultra, didn’t survive the same test.
In addition, the Z Fold5 also had to undergo a teardown.