The robustness of foldable smartphones often sparks debates. While the legitimacy of such inquiries is undeniable, companies in the smartphone realm, such as Samsung, have consistently strived to augment the durability of foldable devices with each passing year. Samsung’s freshest addition to the foldable lineup, the Galaxy Z Flip 5, recently underwent rigorous durability trials under the discerning eye of renowned YouTuber JerryRigEverything, and the outcome is remarkably positive.
In this scrutiny, Zack Nelson, the curator behind the JerryRigEverything YouTube channel, subjected the Galaxy Z Flip 5 to a battery of tests. Notably, the phone’s display, fortified with Gorilla Glass Victus 2 shielding, exhibited the onset of scratches at level 6 on the Mohs hardness scale, with more pronounced abrasions emerging at level 7. This pattern of wear is consistent with the norm observed across other smartphones over the years.
As for the inner display, evidence of scratches emerged at level 2, accompanied by deeper furrows at level 3. This occurrence is unsurprising given that the screen employs UTG (Ultra-Thin Glass) technology. When subjected to the heat of a burning test, both the external and internal screens displayed indications of damage after a few brief seconds. Nelson’s recommendation for users of the Galaxy Z Flip 5 is to exercise caution and refrain from exerting excessive pressure on the internal screen while also safeguarding it from potential harm posed by coins and keys.
The next evaluation entailed the bend test, in which the phone’s hinge exhibited exceptional resilience, defying any inclination to bend, a trait not shared by other foldable counterparts such as the Motorola Razr 40 Ultra. Intriguingly, Nelson deliberately subjected the Galaxy Z Flip 5 to multiple bends from the rear, and astonishingly, the device remained fully operational. Dust and dirt were even deliberately scattered over the phone, but it continued to function seamlessly without any notable setbacks, underscoring its remarkable durability.
In sum, the analysis conducted by JRE illustrates that the Galaxy Z Flip 5 stands as a markedly sturdy flip phone, particularly in comparison to its peers in the market. The assessment mirrors real-world usage conditions, and although the phone demonstrates considerable ruggedness for a flip phone, it still falls short of the durability exhibited by traditional slab-style phones. For a comprehensive exploration of the Galaxy Z Flip 5, check out our detailed review presented in the video below.