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Samsung refutes popular Galaxy S6 bend test by performing its own

Since last week a bend test conducted by extended warranty provider SquareTrade has been making the rounds online. It has become quite popular as it showcases some of the most recent devices including the HTC One M9, the iPhone 6 Plus and also both new flagships from Samsung. The video shows that the Galaxy S6 edge broke under pressure of 110lbf (50kgf) but Samsung says the result is not completely reflective of how durable the device is, so the company conducted its own bend test for both the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 edge.

Samsung points out that the video from SquareTrade makes an assumption that can rarely occur in normal circumstances. The normal force generated when a person presses the back pocket is close to 66lbf (30kgf) and the company’s internal tests show that both new flagships are not bendable even when put under 79lbf (32kgf) pressure which is equivalent to the pressure that needs to be applied to snap a bundle of five pencils at once. Very rarely will a person apply 110lb (kgf) pressure on their device even when it’s in the back pocket.

The company also says that SquareTrade’s test does not show the strength of the devices’ back side even though in normal circumstances both the front and back sides are exposed under the same level of pressure. Since it only tested the front side Samsung says the bend test “may mislead consumers about the entire durability” of the devices. The company has said that it will officially deliver its statement to SquareTrade and ask them to conduct a stress test again which targets both the front and back sides and then make the results public.

Samsung reiterates that all of its devices go through high-quality rigorous validation tests before they’re sent out to consumers, these tests include dropping, breakage and bending. The company confidently says that all of its smartphones “are not bendable under daily usage.”

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bchliu
bchliu

Well.. there’s a few things wrong with this. 1) The original tests were up to 160 pounds of force. Samsung showed up to 80 (when Squaretrade claimed breakage at 110). Whilst they claim that 110 circumstances are extremely rare, it can still occur and the phone will break as per the original tests. 2) The main problem with the original test from Squaretrade is their use of the iPhone 6+ as the benchmark comparison. The actual weak point that many in the industry has found out after dissecting it is that the metal chassis was weak around the power button… Read more »

j2001m
j2001m

Ale did change the design of the iphome 6+, but when it 1st ca,e out you was able to bend the phone in like 5sec with your hands by the buttons as per the above, then Apple stated to show how there was no problems in the above tests, but that was never the problem with the phone it was the design of the buttons that was the problm but Apple have covered it up to the lever that customer somehow think it’s a bend test problem as per above

ironbat
ironbat

good. now apple fans can shut their mouths.