See how Samsung tested the Samsung Galaxy S5

See how Samsung tested the Samsung Galaxy S5
Before Samsung releases its new flagship phone today, the device had to undergo some internal testing to make sure that the handset could survive the every day things that can happen to a smartphone. For example, the Samsung Galaxy S5 needed to be able to survive against drops. Everyone drops their smartphone and Samsung tested the Galaxy S5 using a machine that can drop a smartphone from a variety of heights and angles. Using a high-speed camera, Samsung was able to judge what areas of the phone needed to be bolstered so that it could survive someone with butterfingers. Believe it or not, Samsung also tested the Galaxy S5 against static electricity. In the worse case scenario, even a static shock could destroy a smartphone. 

To test the potential wear and tear on the phone's physical and capacitive buttons, a machine pressed down on them repeatedly, to make sure they could stand up to the daily grind. The volume of the speaker is tested as well as the sensitivity of the microphone. The audio test is conducted differently depending on region. For example, a Samsung Galaxy S5 headed for an Asian market is given a different sound test than a model headed elsewhere. The theory is that each region has different noise levels.

Another room, filled with different colored foam, measured the radiation that is emitted from the device, to make sure that it stayed within regional regulations. Another machine tested how well the Samsung Galaxy S5 resisted dust, potentially a long-term killer of any non-protected phone. And thermal cameras made sure that the phone didn't run too hot when performing certain tasks.

These are just a few of the tests that the Samsung Galaxy S5 had to go through to get into your hands. These tests make sure that the phone runs smoothy, safely, and does what you need it to do. Check out the pictures of the machines that Samsung used to test its flagship, by viewing the slideshow below.

source: BusinessInsider

Related phones

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



46. 1ceTr0n

Posts: 549; Member since: May 20, 2012

Hate samsung all you want for whatever lame reasons, but thats pretty damn impressive any way you look at it.

42. Vanster

Posts: 124; Member since: Jan 15, 2014


45. applesucker

Posts: 81; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

apple can't do such quality test because they already know that they will fail

38. hari120

Posts: 22; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Hope this is true and not just marketing tricks

44. PunyPoop

Posts: 752; Member since: Jan 18, 2013


34. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Excellent durability and build quality, just like always!

27. livyatan

Posts: 867; Member since: Jun 19, 2013

But oh, Shamesung makes poor quality, cheap plastic toys! Yeah I'm being ironic

33. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Not Shamesung, it's SAMEsung..haha


Posts: 261; Member since: May 03, 2013

Comedian hahaha NO

12. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

That is what we call genuine testing and I think there are many more such tests that are most of the time not known to us or not listed on the sites but carried out by them. And I'm sure that most OEMs follows these QA practices for better safety and durability rather than just premiumness.

29. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

HTC certainly doesn't test their volume rockers, sim trays, and USB ports. They probably don't test any buttons actually.

36. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Fanboys: but...but ......its so pretty !!!! *.*

10. THE_Hulk

Posts: 55; Member since: Feb 09, 2014

oh boy!! Sony could be the king if they did build and test each and every device this carefully and scientifically before delivering to consumers!!! I expected a lot from the Z2 but they totally messed that up with broken and faulty products... -_-

31. PunyPoop

Posts: 752; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

Do you think Samsung tests millions of units meticulously? I have the Z2 in my hands and all I can say is, it's a well built monster phone. No problem with overheating etc.. I will say this again, it's an isolated case, tech sites makes it worst. It's like media, not everything you see in the news is the truth! It's plain business..

35. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

So what you saying is just because you don't have a problem then 1000s of the people on one of the most reliable community for mobile phone users (xda) is lying for 'business' ? I am sure you'll have a proof for such far fetching claims it would be silly of me assuming that you're just making things up. Sounds legit.

43. PunyPoop

Posts: 752; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

I'm not referring to XDA. XDA community is the most transparent "developer site" (it's not just a tech site talking BS). Great Developers are there, like Doomlord, Niaboc, Krabapel etc.. Anyway, let's put it this way, you have a supplier, then your supplier told you that he will give you a big discount just to advertise their products more than their competitors, it's just a simple scenario, and we all know bigger the business, the bigger compromises you have..

2. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

no video?

1. sriuslywtf

Posts: 297; Member since: Jul 09, 2013

Now, That's why the device is so costly. The Bill of Materials cost does not always correlate with the device cost. Actually, the quality assurance or QA is the major cost contributor when pricing any device. More quality checking = more safety and durability.

9. lllIIIlllIIl

Posts: 48; Member since: Apr 11, 2014



Posts: 16; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

you're wrong, they just randomly pick 1 phone in 1 batch (say 10000 phones) to test, actually these test will only increase a few dollar (or less than that) per phone ...

30. PunyPoop

Posts: 752; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

This ^

32. sriuslywtf

Posts: 297; Member since: Jul 09, 2013

Agreed. And the result of that random sampling will certify the quality of every device. My point is the state-of-the-art testing being done to any device justify its cost, specially international flagship ones. They put the name of their companies in every devices they launch. IMHO, that deserves their cost.

41. jpkelly05

Posts: 110; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

This would be true for bulk manufacturing, which is different than what the article/subject are about. This is about the QA while designing the device... Which does cost a lot of money when considering they have to make a new device design with every change.

37. MobileGuru

Posts: 82; Member since: Jan 18, 2014

The test shown in this article is not done on every phone. It is done on the final prototype before sending it for mass production. The test done on every retail version of the phone is another set of test that is much simpler and mostly automated.


Posts: 261; Member since: May 03, 2013

Actually quality control is done for one of every batch, a batch being anywhere from 1000 to 10000 units.

47. xfire99

Posts: 1207; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

Quality control my ass. Samsung is worst of all when comes to quality controls and they give a damn about it. Note 1 - clipping black issues, still release it. Note 2 - Works flawless. Note 2014 WiFi/LTE - Tons of issues that Samsung give a shet about and still release it. Samsungs LCD/LED TV alot of backlight bleeds and its acceptable regards to Samsung. Bad uniform assembly and control at factory. Samsung give a shet about quality control and just care about sales record. Just looking how they flood the market with tons of devices and know quality control are not theirs higest priority.

* Some comments have been hidden, because they don't meet the discussions rules.

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit for samples and additional information.
FCC OKs Cingular's purchase of AT&T Wireless