The Samsung Galaxy S6 is once gain being compared to the Apple iPhone 6, with smartphone users now asking: “Which phone bends more in your back pocket?”
Following reports towards the end of 2014 that the iPhone 6 physically bent if sat on, Samsung is now facing reports that its new Galaxy S6 is suffering a similar fate.
The smartphone maker moved to calm potential buyers’ nerves by releasing a statement on the subject, and a video of the S6 undergoing stress tests.
“Recently, there have been several reports about the durability of smartphones stemming from a YouTube video posted by SquareTrade. It shows… the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge, being bent or broken under high pressure. In this video, the Galaxy S6 edge was broken under the pressure of 110lbf (50kgf),” Samsung said on its blog.
“The normal force generated when a person presses the back pocket is approximately 66lbf (30kgf). Our internal test results indicate that the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge are not bendable even under 79lbf (32kgf), which is equivalent to putting pressure to snap a bundle of five pencils at once.”
“Secondly, even though both front and back sides are exposed under the same level of pressure in normal circumstances, this test does not show the strength of the back side.”
“All our devices are put rigorous high-quality validation tests before they are delivered to consumers. These tests include various conditions, such as dropping, bending, and breakage. And we are confident that all our smartphones are not bendable under daily usage,” the company concluded.
The Samsung 3-point bend test video and SquareTrade bending video are both embedded below.
Galaxy S6 3-point bend test
SquareTrade “bending” video