Tough display, brittle back: Note 7 vs S7 Edge drop test vindicates pure Gorilla Glass 5

Tough display, brittle back: Note 7 vs S7 Edge drop test vindicates pure Gorilla Glass 5
Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 is the first phone that is protected with Corning's latest Gorilla Glass 5 edition, while the Galaxy S7 edge before it comes with Gorilla Glass 4. The difference between the two generations is, of course, that Gorilla Glass 5 is bound to be stronger, and phones with it can allegedly withstand drops from about 1.6 meters (5 feet) height on hard surfaces roughly 80% of the time, while Gorilla Glass 4 maxes out at a meter, or about three feet. 

That is shoulder height and waist height, respectively, which is a pretty significant difference if you are clumsy, and the ultimate generational drop test would be between the Note 7 and S7 edge released in the thin air from such heights. That's exactly what is happening in the video here, and the phones get dropped from knee, waist, and shoulder heights face-down. Curiously enough, both survive the screen side drop, but when hurtled on the sides, the S7 edge display gives up the ghost from the 5 feet height, while the Note 7's screen remains intact. 

As the other Note 7 drop tests so far showed, however, the Note 7 glass rear is more fragile than the screen, as Samsung probably had to alter the Gorilla Glass 5 alchemy to achieve those shiny layered gradients, which eventually might have made it more susceptible to cracking. Still, we'd take spider web-ed back before a cracked Note 7 display any time - evidently, Corning's 5-feet-drop claims hold water, provided that the manufacturers didn't tinker with the amalgamation recipe.

Related phones

Galaxy Note 7
  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2150 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3500 mAh
Galaxy S7 edge
  • Display 5.5" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3600 mAh(36h 3G talk time)



1. scarface21173

Posts: 701; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

Am sick of these drop tests.

8. ebilcake

Posts: 1231; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

So the back shatters and front scratches easily. Good combo.

2. Diego!

Posts: 876; Member since: Jun 15, 2009

Haha girls are having fun! Finally we are seeing more girls in the geek/tech journalism. And regarding the drop test, actually both phones were really good. Note 7 is a clear winner.

3. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

and people will come here and screaming "its amazingly easy to scratch, bla bla bla"

4. thegeneral7010

Posts: 437; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

Have u even watched techrax hammer And knife test for note 7 he just broke the back with a knife this the first time i see that. the back is more fragile than a tea glass and the front is scratchabe no doubt about that.

5. maherk

Posts: 6999; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Because he was hitting the rounded edge of the back glass, if he did the same to the front, he would've ended with the same result. And this video confirms what i am saying, once the impact was on the rounded edges, we started noticing cracks.

6. thegeneral7010

Posts: 437; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

Get around glass of tea and try to hit with a knife just like he did believe me it won't broke.

9. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Well PA need to learn simple logic. The back is easier to break not because of colors gradiant blablabla. But because they used a thinner gorrila glass 5 sheet to save some money. Personaly i would not mind as i always put a case on my phone and a nice transparent one would do the trick and keep the nice look. As for the front easy to scratch well a good screen protector will solve this easily. but even the best ballistic glass might not fully protect if the screen get a big hit so by making the screen itself super strong they made a good move. I take super strong and easy to scratch over brittle and easy to break anyday. And all this comming from someone who dont like Samsung btw... i dont like Samsung much.

7. Hallyu

Posts: 790; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

How do you expect the phones to withstand when they kept dropping them again and again? It's not a drop test, it's obviously a destruction act. The thing is that we buy phone to use, not to damage it. The funniest part is that the Note 7 demand is double, Samsung is busy increasing supplies while these 2 idiots are cringing.

10. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

I guess Samsung's goal is to sell more and make more money not to get everyone a note who wants to buy one.

11. GoogleNinja

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

I have the galaxy s7 edge and the screen is 100% scratch resistant. I have tried my hardest with nails screws saws chisels hammers even sandpaper and I cannot make a mark on the screen. It is truly wonderful stuff this gorilla glass. While dropping it from about 3 feet provides protection I still keep mine wrapped up in a case.

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