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 inches
    1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP (Single camera)
    2.1 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, 2GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 2800 mAh
  • OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow
    Samsung TouchWiz UI



50. guzza

Posts: 15; Member since: Nov 06, 2012

Only non edited, 1 shot videos are convincing. Thats like the basics of making a proof video.

46. zachattack

Posts: 621; Member since: Jul 31, 2013

Watch them drop it from pocket / chest height and it will crack like the plastic b**** that it is. I'm sure the HTC one is the same way, run that over with a car too. Yawn these tests are dumb

45. Zack_2014

Posts: 677; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

How about that Tesla just standing on the S5? Will it ever survive that way?

39. crodky

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 05, 2014

GS5 is a really tough cookie..I want one...GO TESTA 2!!

36. true1984

Posts: 871; Member since: May 23, 2012

now let it get run over by a real car

34. StanleyG88

Posts: 240; Member since: Mar 15, 2012

Prefer the "plastic" of Samsung over the metal "radio signal shields" on certain other phones. In most cases, the plastic is more durable than metal anyway. That's why they don't make football, NASCAR, spacesuit helmets out of metal.

9. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Well a Lumia 920 survived when it was ran over by a CAT mine truck lol

38. SleepingOz unregistered

That's because it happened on a sandy soil. I wonder how would it fare if it was concrete.

6. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Superb weight distribution, Tesla clearly won this contest over General Motors.

12. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Well GM sucks anyways so yeah.

14. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Not long before GM sues Tesla for their car looking too petrol engine-like haha.

22. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

lol GM is envious for Tesla

5. CaptYolo

Posts: 25; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

Can the metal worship from tech sites and fanboys stop now then??

11. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

No. We know that plastic is durable. Even more durable than aluminium or glass. The thing is that if you take even a little bit care of your phone it won't drop or get under a car. Metal and glass feels and looks a lot nicer.

16. hurrycanger

Posts: 1778; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

Nobody knows if he/she is gonna drop a phone, lol. Craps happpen.

3. Anshulonweb

Posts: 468; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Nokia *yawn*

15. blingblingthing

Posts: 988; 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.

21. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

SGS5 is def one of the best phone out there :) but they been to come out with a metal body soon.

27. Tizen007

Posts: 575; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

I hope so

32. maherk

Posts: 7104; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I don't mind it having an aluminum version of the S5 as long as they keep the plastic version, because just like me people want to hold a phone that has a good grib, less prone to scuffs and dents, and most importantly won't turn to a piece of ice if you live in cold country, nor turn into an iron if you live in a place with high temperatures.

33. Tizen007

Posts: 575; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Yeah that's true. Temperatures really matter for aluminium phones.

42. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Who want metal body? Jerk.


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: 1778; 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 :-)

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