After the infamous Galaxy Note 7 debacle, Samsung might face another issue with its flagship devices. According to a report, the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ might be just one drop away from getting their screens broken. SquareTrade is an independent phone insurer and according to its drop test, both the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ have performed poorly. SquareTrade is known for the extreme measures it takes while testing phones, even as it made the new flagship devices by Samsung go under drops, tumbles and dunks each time finding the display screen broken. The South Korean tech giant has reportedly been, in general, against the methods used by SquareTrade. However, a lot of people, especially in the smartphone market look forward to their drop tests.
SquareTrade has put out a video on YouTube showcasing all the drop tests its robots have conducted on the Samsung Galaxy S8. In the video, SquareTrade says that the Galaxy S8 is the first phone that it has tested which cracked on all sides on the first drop. This also exposes the loose glass and makes the software buttons difficult to press. The tests have shown that these devices are highly fragile and less durable. This is definitely not good news, especially for people who generally are used to mistakenly dropping their phones. This makes it a huge gamble for such users to invest in a costly flagship smartphone.
Additionally, the phone failed the tumble test too, which means you dare not accidently leave your new smartphone in the laundry. However, the good news is that the phone performed significantly better when submerged under water. All in all, both the smartphones performed almost equally, and they probably pose medium to high risk for inattentive users. According to the SquareTrade test performance, the Galaxy S8 phone got a breakability score of 76 out of 100, while the S8+ got a score of 77.
Interestingly, the drop test did not stop SquareTrade from saying good things about Samsung. It said that, despite the Note 7 issue, 89 percent of Samsung owners have a positive opinion of the company and 36 percent of them have reportedly said that they will buy the Galaxy S8 in the next six months. SquareTrade’s global creative director Jason Siciliano reportedly said in a statement, “We found that 89 percent of Samsung owners reported having a positive view of the brand despite recent controversies, and 36 percent plan on buying an S8 in the next six months.” He adds, “Just don’t drop it.”