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See how Samsung tested the Samsung Galaxy S5

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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

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posted on 10 Apr 2014, 23:43 23

1. sriuslywtf (Posts: 297; Member since: 09 Jul 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.

posted on 11 Apr 2014, 00:16 1

9. lllIIIlllIIl (banned) (Posts: 48; Member since: 11 Apr 2014)


posted on 11 Apr 2014, 02:39 1

28. jose.vu (Posts: 16; Member since: 28 Mar 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 ...

posted on 11 Apr 2014, 02:44

30. PunyPoop (Posts: 752; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)

This ^

posted on 11 Apr 2014, 04:30

32. sriuslywtf (Posts: 297; Member since: 09 Jul 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.

posted on 11 Apr 2014, 09:52 1

41. jpkelly05 (Posts: 104; Member since: 13 Nov 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.

posted on 11 Apr 2014, 06:24 1

37. MobileGuru (Posts: 82; Member since: 18 Jan 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.

posted on 11 Apr 2014, 06:50 1

39. SPASE (Posts: 228; Member since: 03 May 2013)

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

posted on 11 Apr 2014, 23:48

47. xfire99 (Posts: 934; Member since: 14 Mar 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.

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 23:49

2. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1163; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)

no video?

posted on 11 Apr 2014, 00:18 3

10. THE_Hulk (Posts: 55; Member since: 09 Feb 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... -_-

posted on 11 Apr 2014, 02:48 1

31. PunyPoop (Posts: 752; Member since: 18 Jan 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..

posted on 11 Apr 2014, 05:46 2

35. tech2 (Posts: 3487; Member since: 26 Oct 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.

posted on 11 Apr 2014, 12:39

43. PunyPoop (Posts: 752; Member since: 18 Jan 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..

posted on 11 Apr 2014, 00:23 1

12. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3718; Member since: 03 Nov 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.

posted on 11 Apr 2014, 02:41 8

29. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)

HTC certainly doesn't test their volume rockers, sim trays, and USB ports.

They probably don't test any buttons actually.

posted on 11 Apr 2014, 05:58 3

36. tech2 (Posts: 3487; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)

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

posted on 11 Apr 2014, 01:46 10

27. livyatan (Posts: 867; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)

But oh, Shamesung makes poor quality, cheap plastic toys!

Yeah I'm being ironic

posted on 11 Apr 2014, 04:31

33. sip1995 (Posts: 1683; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)

Not Shamesung, it's SAMEsung..haha

posted on 11 Apr 2014, 07:01 3

40. SPASE (Posts: 228; Member since: 03 May 2013)

Comedian hahaha NO

posted on 11 Apr 2014, 05:45 1

34. gigaraga (Posts: 1454; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)

Excellent durability and build quality, just like always!

posted on 11 Apr 2014, 06:49

38. hari120 (Posts: 21; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)

Hope this is true and not just marketing tricks

posted on 11 Apr 2014, 12:40

44. PunyPoop (Posts: 752; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)


posted on 11 Apr 2014, 10:47 1

42. Vanster (Posts: 124; Member since: 15 Jan 2014)


posted on 11 Apr 2014, 14:01

45. applesucker (Posts: 81; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)

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

posted on 11 Apr 2014, 14:09 1

46. 1ceTr0n (Posts: 549; Member since: 20 May 2012)

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

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