Glass back goes crack: SquareTrade drop tests the Galaxy S8 and S8+ breakability score

Ever since we saw the glass sandwich design of the Galaxy S8 and S8+ on all the leaks and renders, we couldn't stop wondering whether the phone will be clad in the latest Gorilla Glass 5, like the Note 7, and when Samsung confirmed it in the press release for both the front and the rear, there was a collective sigh of relief.

Corning, the makers of this toughened glass, is actually promising shoulder-height drop survival rates of up to 80% with Gorilla Glass 5 (it was waist-height with its predecessor Gorilla Glass 4), but before we see the Galaxy S8 fall face down on concrete, it's hard to gauge whether it would survive unscathed. Well, there are a few amateur drop tests from waist height circulating the YouTube confines already, and they indeed confirm that GG5 is pretty tough when the S8 was dropped from waist height, which is a pretty common scenario. 

How about if it's elevated six feet, and then slammed into the ground, as SquareTrade does in its latest round of standardized drop tests? That one didn't go so well, as you can see in the video, so we'd advise putting a case and screen protector on your precious the second you get it from the shop, or on your front porch.

Related phones

Galaxy S8
  • Display 5.8" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2350 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(30h talk time)
Galaxy S8+
  • Display 6.2" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2450 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3500 mAh(24h 3G talk time)



1. bucknassty

Posts: 1353; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

why does the video have to reference the note 7 batteries??? its a drop test, quit trying to bring stuff up that doesn't even relate to the topic

3. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Well people have been doing the same about iPhones for years (bendgate, antennagate etc) and that doesn't seem to upset most here for some reason...

7. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

@Jimrod those have upset a lot of people here, you know. Regardless, both sides are getting very annoying.

8. sissy246

Posts: 7124; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Not saying it's not out there. I have never seen a video about a new iPhone drop test and starting​ the video about bendgate or antennagate.

11. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

I'll just leave it here.. (S8 vs iPhone7 droptest)

15. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Thanks for the link!

18. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

It really doesn't matter. BEcause drop tests dont prove anything. If you take a metal phone and drop it on its back, its obvious its not gonna crack. How fast your glass breaks if the glass hits a surface, depends on how it was drop, where it was dropped and what the surface was made of. If you drop your phone and it doesn't break on the very first drop, then consider yourself lucky....PERIOD. These so-called drop tests simply prove that is you "PURPOSELY" set out to break your phone...YOU CAN AND WILL. The smart thing is to protect you $800+ phone with a nice case and a 9H 100% coverage protector. SO if you drop the phone, the 9H glass cover will shatter first and leave your glass underneath in pristine condition. Then you simply go by another cover. I always but 2 or a 2Pk. Everyone asked for what they perceived as premium materials. No one wanted plastic phones anymore. So to complain about glass breaking or metal gettign damaged from a drop...well what do you expect from cheap premium feeling materials. To talk about how a phone breaks is simply stupid. Glass breaks, fire burns, and haters are stupid. The iPhone is 50% glass and 50% metal. SO half the phone is subject to break, 100% of the phone cn be damage. The S8 is 100 glass on the front and back. A drop will cause some type of damage and you can expect the glass will break. Plastic glass isn't clear enough to be used over a display. But at leats it would never break.

21. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

A Techie post I agree with. I think I need a lie down... :)

24. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Haha. Well it is what it is. PA telling us something that has been know for years. Cheap materials damage easy.

25. bucknassty

Posts: 1353; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

Idk why they expect glass to survive again concrete.... does anyone expect their bottle of wine to survive? basic knowledge of materials, glass will never win

26. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Techie thats why every phone should use metal back. If its well made ( much heavier on the back than front ) its will naturally turn around to hit ground on the back. If its droped from not high enuf its wont have time to turn around but then the heigh can be lil and no damage to screen. Drop my HTC one M7 from second story building and found out its was very well made as its drop on its back and had only slight dent on metal. Then i tested on grass and saw thats unless i drop it from less than 2 feet its will fall on the screen otherwise always on the back.. So thats how they should make them.

4. Clars123

Posts: 1078; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

just Phonearena things....expect it to be mentioned till at least the S9

30. Highside

Posts: 197; Member since: Jan 31, 2017

Why do moronic consumers continue to buy garbage with shattering glass and non-removable batteries?

2. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

and whats the point of this "standarized" test and scoring if they never did other breakability test in the last 2 years?

19. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Just remember these phones have tempered glass. The glass is heat treated to strengthen the material. The downside to this process is, a gas is trapped under the individual layers of the glass and the heat treatment. When you drop and the glass cracks, the gas escapes in an explosive manner which is what causes the spider-web like patters when it cracks. Because the gas travels over the surface of the glass. In most cases the outer glass breaks, but not the display glass itself.

22. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Yeah it's just physics at the end of the day - the harder a material is the harder it is to scratch but the more brittle it is if you drop it. The softer the material the more it can absorb an impact but the easier it is to scratch... There's no ideal solution that works for everything, glass screen and plastic body make the most practical sense outside of using a case.

27. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

I would recommed not making assumption like you just did Techie. Tempered glass have nothing to do with Gaz ect. Its a question of physic. As they heat up the glass to 620 celcius they then cool them down using water jet thats cool down the outside much faster than the inside then thats what make it so resilient there is no gas at any point in this. Another example thats show what i said. Its an exchange of ion thats make it so solid.

5. k9luvr

Posts: 122; Member since: Oct 17, 2016

Plastic phones break easily. Call it monkey glass or whatever you want, it still breaks too easy. Go with a quality aluminum build next time.

6. osterrich21

Posts: 186; Member since: Apr 14, 2017

Plastic phones break easily? Say this to my note 4, with around 30/40 drops.The side back is plastic.But I agree with aluminum. - Or plastic.

13. SaRPeR

Posts: 148; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Plastic phones are much more durable than metal phones. It's a fact.

14. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Plastic is the best material for a phone for pretty much every reason except image. They should just use nicer plastics like those on car interiors and forget all the aluminium/glass back crap.

9. p51d007

Posts: 705; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

Ummmm....IT'S GLASS. Would you drop a water glass, vase, or other GLASS object and expect it to survive? Yes, the hardened glass is a good thing, but it is still GLASS!

10. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

Do another article on how water is wet.

16. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"Do another article on how water is wet." Savage! :D

23. kiko007

Posts: 7507; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Ummmm... water isn't wet fam.

12. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

No s**t.

17. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Glass breaks! What a shocking revelation!!!! /S In other news, water runs, fire burns and lion roar and PA and PA is a stupid Samsung hating bunch of losers. In other news, South Korean are selling their kidney's and livers to buy an S8. /s Serious - Glass breaks. A device with MORE glass still breaks. Get a case to protect the back, a 9H glass cover for the front. I purchased this case for our S8/S8+ - I suggest a screen protector like this - This screen protector is one of the best I've bought for my ex-s6's and my wife's S7 edge. She did drop her phone and it cracked this glass, but not the phones actual glass As backup, I purchased this item from Skinomi This is the kind of info a real tech site would provide you. But PA rather provide BS articles that start debates for free clicks. What a bug of jag-offs. Glass break PA. If you pay $800 for a phone and dont spend at leats $30 to protect it, then suck for you. But rather then telling us the obvious, why not provide incite to the readers on suggestions to protect their investment.

28. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

If they would not make the glass weaker by giving it curve its could handle more drop. Also if the phone was not so thin they could use a thicker sheet of gorilla glass thats would make it even more solid. My good old Sonim XP7 has a gorrila glass 3 sheet but its like 8 time thicker than what you find on almost any smartphone. Result? i was never able to break the screen doing various demonstration to clients like trowing it in the air ( 10-12 feet high ) and let it fall on ceramic tile or hammer a nail using the screen as a hammer. So the solution? Phone made of metal for high end ( will still leave dent when droped ) with thicker sheet of glass at front. Or phone made of high grade plastic with thicker sheet of glass at front. and as the phone will be thicker they can put bigger battery as well :)

29. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Here a link thats show a real torture test made on various rugged device. I take a Sonim with flagship hardware any day over ANY other smartphone on the market. Sure its thick but its impossible to break.

20. SleeperOne

Posts: 370; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

Oh boy I should get a job where I blow through thousands of dollars in smartphones by slamming them against concrete. What's the worst that can happen?

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