In its new smartphones, Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 + Samsung use a stronger glass (20 percent thicker) and a sturdy aluminum frame to minimize the effects of physical damage in the event of falls. Has this allowed the South Korean manufacturer’s flagship to be stronger than the iPhone X? Experts from PhoneBuff conducted a comparative drop test and came to interesting conclusions.
Experts threw both smartphones from the same height on the same surface so that the results of the comparison were most accurate. So, with the fall on the back panel, iPhone X was stronger, while the Galaxy S9 + glass was broken. But the display was still stronger in the smartphone from Samsung – a small thickening played a role.
As a result of the tests, the experts gave victory to the Galaxy S9 +, but only because the smartphone is better tolerated by the repeated test to fall from a height (in real life, such a scenario is unlikely). Do not forget that in the design of both devices a lot of glass is used, and even if smartphones did not crash as much as they could, they still broke up. All glass smartphones, regardless of the manufacturer, should be used with care and be protected by a cover.
Falling tests are never scientific and are not considered an indicator of longevity because many factors do not take into account when smartphones fall in real life.
The Galaxy S9 is inferior to the new iPhone by an important indicator
The new Galaxy S9, whose DxOMark camera is called the most breakthrough camera among smartphones, cannot record 4K video at 60 frames per second without stopping. Despite the increased amount of internal memory and an extremely efficient processor, the manufacturer limits the continuous shooting time to five minutes.
As shown by tests conducted by phoneArena journalists, in non-stop mode, the “nine” records only the videos in Ultra HD at 30 frames per second. This is the standard drawback of most smartphones running Android. Interestingly, even the one and a half year old iPhone 7 was limited only by the amount of free memory.
Perhaps the decision to limit the video recording time with such sharpness and in super-high resolution is dictated by the probability of overheating of internal components of the Galaxy S9. However, given that Samsung has already mastered the technology of liquid-cooled smartphones for several years, it looks very strange.