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Samsung's Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are undoubtedly gorgeous looking smartphones. The near bezel-less new flagships from the South Korean giant will go on sale in India from Friday. These smartphones look so good that one would want to hold on to them carefully lest they should drop. But for those of you wondering how they would hold up if they ever did manage to slip out of your hand, you may want to check out this new drop test.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 was put through a drop test by German testers from test.de. The smartphone was put through their special testing drum that lets the phone fall from 80 centimetres over and over again. This sort of test makes sure that the handset is tested for durability thoroughly from all sides. The site claims that there have been smartphones that have survived through a 100 falls without any major damages.
The drop test with the Galaxy S8, however, did not end well. As pleasing as the design of the flagship is, they do come with certain tradeoffs. The edge-to-edge display with rounded corners makes the Galaxy S8 quite weak against accidental drops. The test managed to shatter the corners of smartphone's Gorilla Glass 5 screen after 50 falls. Notably, the touchscreen continued to work and the back panel managed to hold up just fine.
The latest drop test reveals that the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are a lot more fragile thanks to their Infinity Display. The screen can be shattered on accidental drops and replacing it can cost you around 25 percent more than the Galaxy S7 Edge.
Previously, the Galaxy S8 was put through a series of durability tests by JerryRig Everything. The phone underwent scratch, burn, and bend tests and managed to survive most of them impressively.