Samsung’s been heavily promoting the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ as smartphones without limits, touting its curved all-glass design. However, one major downside to having that much glass is that it might make the devices more susceptible to damage when dropped. SquareTrade, a protection plan company, recently put the phones through its durability tests to see whether that was indeed the case.
As it turns out, the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ did not pass its evaluations with flying colors. The first managed to score 76 out of 100, while the latter got rated 77. This marks the two as medium-high risks when it comes to breakability. The duo apparently did worse than the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge from last year.
The Galaxy S8 has the dubious distinction of being the first handset to have cracked on all sides on the very first drop while undergoing SquareTrade’s trials. The smartphone got plunged down 6 feet and shattered on the sidewalk, with small chunks of glass flying out from the corners.
Both Samsung phones also went through a side and back drop test. The glass back did not make it through intact in either model. The Galaxy S8 was hit the most, losing glass from its lower left corner. This made accessing the software buttons a bit dangerous.
The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ did much better when it came to the dunk test thanks to IP68 certification. While there was some audio muffling and distortion immediately after submersion, it mostly came back to normal after 30 minutes.
Finally, SquareTrade found that repairing the Samsung flagships was difficult since there’s a strong adhesive attaching the glass on the front and back together, in addition to the battery being difficult to reach. Once the device does open up, replacing parts appears to be easy.
While the results of the test probably won’t stop people from buying the Galaxy S8, it serves as a useful reminder to buy a sturdy case which can prevent the device’s body from smashing to smithereens if dropped.