Samsung Galaxy S5 survives after being run over by a Tesla Model S

Samsung Galaxy S5 survives after being run over by a Tesla Model S
Much to the disappointment of some fans, Samsung isn’t using a metal body for its new Galaxy S5 flagship smartphone. While this doesn’t make it a bad device by any means, it does allow some metal-made handsets, like the HTC One M8, to fare better in drop tests.

Still, it turns out that the Galaxy S5 has a solid construction after all (not that we doubted that). The new handset was intentionally run over by a Tesla Model S, and still functioned after that. Sure, its plastic-made back case wasn’t usable anymore, and the glass around the rear camera cracked, but its internals still worked. In case you didn’t know, the Tesla Model S is a full electric car that weighs more than 2 tons (4,647 lbs), so it’s considerably heavier than a regular car.

As you’ll see in the video below, before the Tesla Model S actually runs over the Galaxy S5, the smartphone is dropped from various height levels - and remains 100% functional after that, although it back and margins took some damage.

As a reminder, the Samsung Galaxy S5 will be released in the US and many other markets around the world on April 11.

source: YouTube via 9to5Google

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Galaxy S5
  • Display 5.1" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 2.1 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2800 mAh(21h 3G talk time)



1. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013


18. Tizen007

Posts: 575; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

This test officially proves GS5's durability.

20. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Plastic is flexible so when run over by a car,it'll give a little before it'll break. Nothing really wrong with a plastic body phone. But holding a HTC One is an amazing feeling.

23. Tizen007

Posts: 575; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Yeah HTC One has an an awesome design. I guess it's personal preference on plastic. For me I don't mind if it's plastic or not if it feels good on your hand.

30. Ashoaib

Posts: 3282; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

This test proves the durability but its kinda stupid bcoz who run over the phone by car under normal circumstances? even its very less likely by accident. Drop test from pocket height and face height are enough to check the durability

31. Tizen007

Posts: 575; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Running over by a car wouldn't happen to often but the test shows how durable the Galaxy S5 is so I have no problem with it.

35. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

You would be surprised. It happened to me once? Customer called in and asked if they left their iPhone in our office. I looked and found it in our parking lot with tire marks on it. It worked fine and had no damage. I dunno if it was the case or the phone but it survived.

43. nlbates66

Posts: 328; Member since: Aug 15, 2012

i'm thinking that like the Galaxy S III, the S 5 uses a magnesium frame underneath.

24. Sauce unregistered

What'll be more interesting is a comparison between the biometrics in the current biometric reading flagships. PA is not releasing this because?

25. Tizen007

Posts: 575; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Because the phones aren't out yet...

28. Sauce unregistered

I've already seen three comparisons.

40. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

But those comparisons is made by same iGuys , that have no idea how to make the FPS of S5 to work .

41. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Let's first wait to see comparison made NOT by iboy. LOL In one week you will see that S5 FPS works better than iphones. Bet on??

44. Sauce unregistered

Bet on. Even though YOU HAVE to swipe down and it HAS to be a perfect swipe.


Posts: 225; Member since: Oct 10, 2013

#1 phone of all time.. first i have thought it is not worth but when i reasearch more and when i had hands-on .. i have understood that it is a master-piece among other phone of its kind . i hereby understanding how much effort the engineers at samsung took . i respect all of them . s5 features -fast auto focus w/ 0.3 seconds -selective focus seen in dslr -combined hdr and richtone -1st Wifi MIMO(multiple input/output)dual wifi antenna -download booster-combined LTE+WIFI(advanced tech) -S-HEALTH 3.0+heart rate monitoring+work-out coach -new gear 2 and neo enhanced features -ip67 water/dust protection -accurate(real) finger print scanner(paypal cert..) -ultra power saving mode(real+black&white mode) -kid's mode -Private mode -2.5ghz quadcore- super high speed processor clock -LTE cat4 up to 150 mbps -support 128gb sdcard ...and many more...

4. garlic456

Posts: 251; Member since: Dec 24, 2012

All the features you mentioned are unneeded for me. I have a dual core 1ghz phone w/ 5mp camera and 480x800 resolution. Those aren't the best specs, but are acceptable. Even with those specs, I can play Real Racing, Gta Vice City. When you look from normal distance the screen doesn't differ from a hd phone. 5 mp camera is enough for facebook whatsapp. Even though the phone has a projector it costs half of an iphone or the newest Galaxy device.

7. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

So.... why are you wasting your time here? The ultimate back to the cave question. :)

8. CaptYolo

Posts: 25; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

Lol looking at a new phone from an old one you wont see much of a difference but when you've move back to an old one from a newer one the difference is really surprising


Posts: 225; Member since: Oct 10, 2013

-Actually , do you know Resolution does not matter always in 1080p.. Note 3 and S4 is having same resolution yet note 3 outstands S4 and i am feeling very odd to look at my old S3 display after using note 3 especially the whites on S3 is more like dirty white but two years back i considered how can display can be better than S3..that all changed in a matter of time. but i can clearly see the difference in 480P vs 1080P with gods grace. -5MP is not a detailed camera..if you want just to use it for facebook ,instagram and all it might be enough , but for memories in the future or creating your own digital album from studio it is not enough. if you just used 16MP of S5 camera you will never say like this.i really loved the faster auto focus. -Gaming : Gaming in Snapdragon 800 in note 3 is a delight ( i suppose it will be remain same in S5 until adreno 420 hits ) , there is ZERO lag during Heavy gaming and multi-tasking in note 3 which no other low end phone can achieve & Quadcore S3 lagged for one minute when i had heavy gaming recenly ( thanks to Industires leading 3GB RAM) . Whatever there is only one Korean Giant , That is Samsung .

13. hurrycanger

Posts: 1761; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

It's not like he said anything about all those features are neccessary. Anyway, I'm using a 480p phone with 5mp cam, too :D . It costs much less than half of any flagship, and the price of a brand new one from ebay is $140, which is actually less than 1/4 of the iPhone 5S and the S5. It functions freat and I can play Riptide GP2 with almost max settings without lag. Even Thor TDW runs quite smoothly. But then I'll just have to say that the S5 is miles ahead.


Posts: 225; Member since: Oct 10, 2013

Yes , but if one is having money then upgrade is always better no matter what but if one is having tight budget then stay with it , and be happy with it , thats what :-)

26. hurrycanger

Posts: 1761; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

Yeah. If one has the money, why not? :D

37. geordie8t1 unregistered

Ironically you say they are not needed for you yet feel you need to comment about a high end smartphone?why are you even reading the article if you already know that it wont be of any use to you? For many people who like watching movies on the go a 720 or 1080p displaynis fantastic, for photographers who like to capture on the fly good cameras are great, for people who multitask all day on their phones a decent cpu and ram is good, just because u dont need it, somebody else just.might

47. garlic456

Posts: 251; Member since: Dec 24, 2012

I am saying if you aren't a photographer, or a person who really needs some of its features, buying a flagship is just stupidity. I know that %90 of Smartphone users are just using their quad core 1080p 2 gb ram 16 mp camera phones only for facebook, emails, instagram and selfies. I was using a Galaxy S3, before I bought the Beam, and I can say a small phone that fits in your hand feels much better than a larger expensiver phone. Buy a Moto G, or a Nexus and use it for three or four years...

48. donfem

Posts: 708; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

I guess you still do not understand what "choice" means. Calling anyone's choice "stupidity" itself an act of stupidity. You don't like it or don't want it, fine. Your choice. I guess you are not buying the phone for that person nor is that person asking you for money to buy the device.

49. garlic456

Posts: 251; Member since: Dec 24, 2012

You are right.... But I just hate the fact that people are spending money for things that they don't need.

3. Anshulonweb

Posts: 468; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Nokia *yawn*

15. blingblingthing

Posts: 962; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

Even reading a Samsung article Nokia bored you?

19. Tizen007

Posts: 575; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Well Im actually surprised that you weren't surprised by this Samsung article. Did you even watch the video? When it comes to technology Sammy's GS5 is one of the best phones in the world to date and you can't deny that.

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