Galaxy S9 breakability test results show improvement over the S8

Samsung mentions that it placed a 20% thicker Gorilla Glass 5 covers on the Galaxy S9 and S9+, compared with their predecessors, and tougher, 7-series aluminum frame in the middle. Those reinforcements did indeed influence the newest breakability test that SquareTrade just outed. The tests pegged the S9 and S9+ at medium to medium-high breakability risk, 71 and 76 points, respectively, while the S8 and S8+ earned 76 and 77, i.e. shattered worse than their successors.

The firm uses drop machines to exclude as many variables as possible in its quest to hit the pavement with the newest phones, and the drop tests go front, back, sides, as well as some tumble drying, and you can observe the results in the video above. The S9 and S9+ displays and backs did shatter from the preset drop height, though, and the best you can hope for if you plop the S9 without a case while you are talking on it, will be "they were missing the sharp shards of glass that were seen during last year’s tests on the S8."

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 S9 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 S9 was dropped from waist height, which is a pretty common scenario.

When elevated six feet to -talk-on-the-phone height, though, 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. Still, the side drop showed a big improvement over the S8, so that's what you should pray for when the rubber glass meets the road.

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Galaxy S9
  • Display 5.8" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2800 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(31h talk time)



1. Cat97

Posts: 1969; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Once dropped, it will never be the same. I would not live with a dented phone, so I use a case.

3. yann

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 15, 2010

Using a case make design of the phone pointless. I never use a case. Yes, I break my phones more often, but never hide the beauty of the design. Currently using XZP. Do not care about the bezels. The design is awesome. And deepsea black - actually dark blue is great.

7. toosmoove

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 28, 2017

Tech21 makes the best gel cases IMO. I've never liked nor needed an Otterbox, Life Proof or Mophi case. I've been using silicone cases since the Droid X2. All have survived drops on damn near every surface. If you care about seeing the back of your phone then I don't know what to say to that.

2. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

Manufacturer can claim anything like "Toughest glass ever" or "more durable than it's predecessor" but a glass is glass it's definitely going to break or shatter. Best solution is to get a clear view case instead to keeping it naked.

4. JMartin22

Posts: 2378; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

Yeah, if you don’t want to add to the substantially add to the thickness or sacrifice the aesthetic design of the device, a thin clear case with medium-low grade protection ratings will keep the device safe on drops with even and flat surfaces at least; it’s better than having it completely unprotected

5. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

It's great to see that they're more durable than their predecessors. The proffesional youtube tests i've seen actually show a much more clear improvement than these tests has, but i suppose drop tests are always quite unpredictable. If you're interested, the most professional test i've seen is Phonebuff's, where he pits the S9+ against the S9. I don't quite understand why he doesn't pit the S9 against the Iphone X, as they're the same size. A larger glass surface means the phone is more fragile, which is why the S9 is more durable than the S9+, as the video above shows. Therefore the Iphone X does have an advantage, but the Galaxy S9+ actually managed to beat the Iphone X, regardless of all of that. Source for droptest: At the end of the day, glass is glass tho.

6. smajilya

Posts: 28; Member since: Aug 08, 2017

Why glass is considered for back side of premium phones?

8. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

You can't do wireless charging if the back of the phones is made out of a metal. That's the main reason behind the glass backs.

9. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

News flash, Glass will break. Don't care what phone it is.

10. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

These trolling fools can’t see that simple truth sis.

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