Device protection plan company SquareTrade has published the results of its breakability test for Samsung’s new Galaxy S8 smartphone. As you’ll see, the handset performed “significantly worse” than its predecessors in testing although the results don’t appear to be curbing consumer interest.
In the 6-foot, face-down drop test, the beautiful displays of the Galaxy S8 and S8+ were pretty much destroyed after a single drop. The same results were exhibited when the device was dropped on its back and during the tumble test.
In the dunk test where devices are submerged in five feet of water for 30 minutes, the Galaxy S8+ exhibited muffled and distorted audio but otherwise seemed alright. After about 30 minutes out of the water, audio on both devices was almost completely restored, SquareTrade noted.
Jason Siciliano, vice president global creative director at SquareTrade, said that Samsung had to knock it out of the park with the Galaxy S8 after making global headlines with major product defects and other scandals over the past year.
While the nearly all-glass design of the S8 makes it a beautiful phone, Siciliano notes that it’s extremely susceptible to cracking when dropped from any angle. Even so, he said they’re certain it’s going to be a hit.
SquareTrade found that 89 percent of Samsung owners reported having a positive view of the brand despite recent controversies and that 36 percent plan on buying an S8 in the next six months.
Overall, the Galaxy S8 earned a breakability score of 76 (medium-high risk) out of a possible 100 points (the higher the score, the higher the risk of it breaking due to an accident).