“The glass body and metal frame of the Samsung Galaxy S9 promises a great level of durability”
At MWC 2018, Samsung unveiled its latest Galaxy S series flagships, i.e. the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ (first impressions). Soon after the launch, popular tech YouTuber JerryRigEverything has put the Galaxy S9 through various durability tests to find out how rugged the latest Samsung flagship really is. The tests included scratching, burning, and bending of the smartphone.
The Samsung Galaxy S9 has glass coating at both front and the rear, which is thicker in comparison to the one present on the Galaxy S8. As seen in the video, the Galaxy S9’s screen is capable of resisting scratches from materials such as keys and coins, and even from a razor blade. The display is capable of resisting scratches up to level 6 on Moh’s scale of hardness. The rear glass of the phone was found to be extremely durable in the tests as well.
The front and rear cameras of the Galaxy S9 are covered by the glass for protection. The fingerprint sensor at the rear is prone to scratches. Notably, the fingerprint sensor worked perfectly even after its surface was scratched during the test. Moving on to the burn test, the screen of the Galaxy S9 started losing pixels after about 12 seconds of exposure to fire from a gas-filled lighter in the durability test. While the Super AMOLED screen quickly regained pixels, the oleophobic coating was destroyed around the area of impact.
Finally, for the bend test, the Galaxy S9 showed high tolerance on front and back flexes. It appears that the company might have utilised an upgraded aluminium frame to create the new Galaxy offering. Overall, the device successfully passed all the durability tests with flying colours. The phone is as durable as some of the other recently launched flagships from premium brands.