The S8’s screen is a beauty to behold — until you drop it.
Bad news, Samsung fans: Your favorite new flagship might just be one drop away from a spiderwebbed screen.
Independent phone insurer SquareTrade put the brand new Galaxy S8 through its extensive "breakability" testing, subjecting the handset to drops, tumbles, and dunking. Parts of the testing abuse the phones to the extreme – Samsung has criticized SquareTrade for its methods before – but overall, but it’s a more thorough process than some of the other stress testing we’ve seen the phone go through.
SquareTrade concluded the S8 and S8+ performed "significantly worse than their predecessors," the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, according to an emailed statement from the company. The biggest issue? That beautiful, extremely crackable OLED display and glass casing.
The S8 was the first phone SquareTrade has tested that cracked on all sides on the first drop, exposing users to loose glass and making the software buttons harder to use — which is bad news for those of us with butterfingers and a history of busted-up smartphone screens.
The S8 also came away with extensive damage after a tumble test, giving us a good look at what might happen if you accidentally through your phone in with your laundry on a dry cycle – but the phones at least came away looking good after being submerged underwater.
The phone was also subjected to an repairability test to go along with the screen abuse. SquareTrade found the S8’s internals a challenge as well, citing many of the same issues – a tough adhesive seal on the screens and a rigid battery – that iFixit came across in its teardown of the devices.
The Galaxy S8’s screen probably won’t look so pretty covered in cracks.
Overall, the S8 and S8+ scored about the same, posing medium-high risk levels for clumsy owners.
The low scores haven’t soured SquareTrade on positive projections for the S8, though – the company’s vice president global creative director Jason Siciliano said in a statement he has "no doubt the phone will be a hit," citing SquareTrade’s consumer polling that found 89 percent of current Samsung owners retain a positive view of the brand even after the Galaxy Note 7’s failure, and 36 percent plan on buying an S8 in the next six months.
"Just don’t drop it," he added.