The South Korean tech giant Samsung has been dealt another blow, this time it is their flagship smartphone the Galaxy S8 which performed badly in tests conducted by SquareTrade, receiving a “medium-high risk” rating.
The S8 was also given a “breakability score” of 76 out of 100, while the Galaxy S8+ was found to be a little worse with a score of 77.
To explain what happened, the all-glass design was dropped face down from a height of six feet and both the S8 and S8+ cracked after a single drop. Not only that, cracks also appeared on the rear panels. Side-on drop caused glass and button damage.
SquareTrade said that the devices were “extremely susceptible to cracking when dropped from any angle”.
Last year in similar tests conducted by SquareTrade, the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge devices scored five and six out of ten respectively – the equivalent to 50 or 60 on the insurance company’s 1-100 scale.
The visually stunning “infinity display” is one of the S8’s key features, large and dominant and curved on both sides and at 5.8 inches (6.2 inches on the S8+) is certainly very impressive.
However, the lack of metal frame means that it has little or no protection from any impact, something that most other devices have.
Despite this, the phone performed well in the dunk tests, thanks to its IP68 water- and dust-resistance rating.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 is the best-looking device on the market at the present time but many potential buyers may be reluctant to put the device in a case as it may hide the stunning design.