In short: Samsung’s first Galaxy Fold is known to have faced a number of durability issues that put its release on hold, but how does the third iteration of the foldable device stand up to abuse? JerryRigEverything found out by subjecting the device to the usual torture on the YouTube channel.
In an effort to allay fears that the company’s $ 1,800 phone can be easily damaged, Samsung claims the new 7.6-inch home screen is “80% heavier” than its predecessor. AMOLED is covered with ultra-thin glass and screen protector. Zach Nelson notes that the Mohs hardness scale is not the best for plastic, as it will be between levels 2 and 3, as is the case with the Galaxy Z Fold 3; the display under the plastic could have been tougher, but the plastic layer is still quite soft. However, Samsung warns during startup to avoid touching the display with your fingernails.
The Victus Gorilla Glass coating on the front and back of the phone scratches at level 6 with deeper grooves at level 7, which is to be expected, so keys and coins in your pockets shouldn’t do any harm.
Next up is a dedicated S Pen designed for the Z Fold 3. It comes with a spring-loaded tip that seems to really protect the screen from damage. Splitting the stylus in two seems relatively straightforward, however, so try not to express your anger on it.
Samsung also praised the new Armor Aluminum Z Fold 3 frame. Nelson notes that it scratches at about the same level as most other aluminum phones, although the damage is superficial. However, the bezel makes the phone much less susceptible to hacking, as we can see during the instant tests later in the video.
The foldable design is IPX8 rated, which means it is waterproof but not dustproof. Samsung reportedly protects the phone from water by covering the interior with an oleophobic coating that repels liquid but is not waterproof. Nelson covers the Z Fold 3 with dirt and covers the device, and although the screen remains scratched, the folding mechanism works fine – debris trapped in the gap between the display and the case of the first Galaxy Fold caused many problems.
Overall, the Galaxy Z Fold 3 performed well throughout most tests, especially with a flexible device that once had a reputation for being easily damaged. A recent breakdown showing the phone’s inner workings confirmed that it is just as difficult to repair as the previous folds, so we can all appreciate the increased durability.