Samsung's 'unbreakable' Galaxy Z Fold 4 easily survives scratch, dust, flame, and bend tests (video)
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If you're one of Samsung's devoted fans lucky enough to be able to afford the state-of-the-art Galaxy Z Fold 4, we suspect the last thing you'll want to do after spending a whopping $1,800 (or much less with an "enhanced" trade-in and/or carrier activation) is try to assess the durability of the hot new foldable giant.
Fortunately, that's where JerryRigEverything's Zack Nelson comes in, sadistically doing what no one else has the audacity (and eccentricity) to do for many years now to inform consumers just how careful they need to be around the latest and greatest smartphones and tablets.
As it turns out, the Z Fold 4 is nowhere near as fragile as one may have anticipated back when the deeply flawed original Galaxy Fold saw daylight in 2019, which however shouldn't come as a surprise for folks familiar with last year's rigorous Z Fold 3 durability inspection.
Since the Galaxy Z Fold 4 and its 2021 forerunner are so incredibly similar at first glance (and second, and third), it obviously makes perfect sense for Samsung's newest versatile super-flagship to exhibit similar levels of resistance to scratches, fire, dirt, and bend attempts as the Galaxy Z Fold 3.
After all, there's a reason why the world's largest smartphone manufacturer is boldly advertising this bad boy as "unbreakable", although we can definitely think of a few ways to break the Z Fold 4 with relative ease following Nelson's latest... eccentric tests.
For instance, the 7.6-inch foldable screen remains highly vulnerable to everyday scratching, while exposing either said main display or the 6.2-inch cover screen to open flames is still... unbelievably dumb.
On the decidedly bright (and serious) side of things, it doesn't look like you'll be able to bend the Galaxy Z Fold 4 no matter how hard you try, which is a pretty remarkable feat after watching both the OnePlus 10 Pro and OnePlus 10T snap in half like crackers in recent months.
Perhaps even more impressively, a generous collection of dust and sand (recycled for some reason from the Z Fold 3 durability tests) causes no apparent harm to the refined Z Fold 4 whatsoever despite Samsung's hesitation to market the device as resistant to those kinds of elements.
Of course, that means long-term damage might prove to be a problem... for residents of the fictional desert planet Arrakis from the Dune novels, so that's probably one aspect you need to handle with (relative) care.
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