The Samsung Galaxy S8 is undoubtedly the phone of the moment.
With its stunning infinity display, excellent cameras, powerful processor and improved battery, there is a lot to like about Samsung’s new flagship smartphone.
However, for its greatness, there seems to be one fairly major issue with the S8.
Its all glass design, which while looks stunning means that the S8 is extremely fragile and can be ruined in instant if you drop it.
SquareTrade, an extended warranty provider recently put the device through a series of durability tests and sadly the device did not perform too well.
A six-foot drop resulted in the front, back and corners all being damaged. Both the S8 and S8 Plus suffered loose glass, spiderwebbing and starburst-shaped cracks in several areas.
SquareTrade stated that the “S8 is the first phone we’ve tested that’s cracked on the first drop on ALL sides.”
SquareTrade went on to describe the devices as ‘medium-high risk’ when it came to breakability with the S8 earning a score of 76/100 and the S8 Plus scoring 77/100. By comparison, the iPhone 7 scored 5/10 and the Galaxy Note 7 6.5/100.
Motherboard claimed that repair companies are expecting to conduct a large number of repairs on the device whilst repair shop Fruit Fixed went one step further predicting “it’s definitely going to break, no question about that.”
The good news is that the repairs are predicted to be relatively cheap with Motherboard claiming that a replacement screen will be “between $50 and $100 cheaper than Galaxy S7 screens were at launch.”