The new Galaxy S6 Edge smartphone was put to the test earlier this week, and found to bend at the exact same force as the Apple iPhone 6 Plus, in a potentially embarrassing situation for the South Korean electronics company in “Bendgate 2”.
It’s even more embarrassing for Samsung, as it was one of the first to criticise and tease Apple for the apparent ease at which the iPhone 6 Plus can be bent.
Galaxy S6 Edge bends at same pressure as iPhone 6 Plus
Third-party warranty company SquareTrade has released a video this week showing the durability of the new Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge and HTC One M9, and found that the Galaxy bent at 110 lbs of pressure and the HTC One M9 bent at 120 lbs of pressure.
The pressure limits of the Galaxy S6 Edge are similar to the iPhone 6 Plus, however the Galaxy’s screen cracked under pressure instead of slightly bending like Apple’s larger iPhone model. The HTC One M9 lasted longer than the two competitors, reaching 120 pounds of pressure, but the phone was then useless thanks to a bent/destroyed power button that lies in the middle of the bend point.
Testing to “catastrophic failure”, the iPhone 6 Plus actually beat the Galaxy S6 Edge with 179 pounds of pressure against 149 pounds in the stress test. As SquareTrade says, the Galaxy’s stress test proves the phone may in fact be worse for users as the screen cracked under the pressure and “could leave owners with a pocketful of glass”.
Following last year’s “Bendgate” controversy, Samsung and HTC both parodied Apple’s apparent issues on social media. SquareTrade’s tests are meant to measure extreme circumstances, but it is interesting to see where each company’s smartphones lie on the durability scale.