Galaxy Z Flip 3: They fold the phone 400,000 times live on YouTube

A YouTuber set out to find out if Samsung’s promises to resist foldable smartphones were justified and took over streaming his experience live on YouTube for all to see. In fact, the result was very surprising.

Live ‘torture test’ dedicated to the Galaxy Z Flip 3 // Source: Mrkeybrd on YouTube

If you are wondering what kind of torture a smartphone with a hinge can withstand, then the following is for you. Samsung claims that its foldable smartphones can be opened and closed about 200,000 times without the smartphone suffering any serious damage. Which at a rate of 100 unfolds per day gives about 5 and a half years of use. So one YouTuber decided to take their word for it and proceeded to test the Galaxy Z Flip 3 to death.

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So, a Polish YouTuber by the name of Mrkeybrd had the pleasure of torturing the smartphone live on YouTube for almost a whole week. This torture test is called “The Great Folding Test”It started on Tuesday 7th June and runs through Monday 13th June. This endurance test, which was the result of a group effort of volunteers who took turns folding the smartphone at hourly intervals, was able to show the extreme (and perhaps slightly unexpected) resistance of the Samsung smartphone, although there could be some issues along the way as We’ll see.

There was not much action in this stream, just a table and a counter to monitor how many tricks each participant performed. This type of testing is generally performed by machines that manufacturers use to measure the resistance of their products to certain types of corrosion. Here, real people have taken care of folding and opening the phone, which in itself brings it closer to real-life conditions than it would if it were folded to the precision of a machine, while still adding additional difficulties as you progress by putting dust in it. Detailed example.

But we can’t help but feel a slight sense of pleasure, a little unhealthy at the thought that every fold could be the last. In any case, this is what must have entertained the viewers of this stream that managed to attract almost 1000 people at a time to watch the little Z Flip subject to this accelerated aging.

What do we learn from this test?

This experiment ended with a total of 418,506 folds, which equates to approximately 11 and a half years of use at a rate of 100 slots per day. And what we can say is that this smartphone, although it worked at the end of the test, was completely unharmed. We can already see that at about 330,000x (which is still far beyond what Samsung promised) the resistance of the smartphone hinge seems to drop to such an extent that it ends up opening up by itself once closed and can no longer maintain its folded position. The unfolded shape also suffers the blow because at the end of this test we notice quite easily that the smartphone no longer opens fully at 180 degrees and that it remains “bent” to a certain degree when it should normally be able to open fully until flat.

However, despite the abused hinge, everything else continued to work perfectly (screen, audio, camera, etc), even forcing the videographer to finish drop tests simulating accidental falls to see if they could beat on her. So the Galaxy Z Flip 3 should hold up for a while, especially if you keep it away from potentially small debris entering its hinge. According to this test, you don’t have to worry too much about its longevity, unless of course you’re someone to part with your old smartphone easily.


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