Every time there is a major smartphone launch, Allstate Protection Plans conducts a series of breakability tests to see how durable a device is. The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 hit stores with boasts of enhanced durability thanks to an Armor Aluminum frame, IPX8 water resistance, Gorilla Glass Victus, and a main screen with an added panel layer and new protective film.
Allstate Protection Plans has found the Galaxy Z Fold3 has more than lived up to these claims and has become the first smartphone in 8 years to include a screen that did not shatter after being subject to the infamous DropBot.
Introduced in 2013, Allstate Protection Plans Breakability Tests (formerly SquareTrade Breakability Tests) give consumers an independent assessment of devices’ durability and how they live up to the rigors of daily life. They consider the device’s physical characteristics, such as size, components, and materials that affect its repairability and performance in standardized robotic tests that simulate the most common causes of device damage.
In a boost to the foldable form factor, The Z Fold3 is one of the most durable devices Allstate Protection Plans has ever tested.
Here are the results of The Allstate Protection Plans Galaxy Z Fold3 drop test:
- Open Face-Down Drop Test: When dropped six feet onto a sidewalk, the Galaxy Z Fold3 interior screen survived two falls with only minor frame/corner scuffing and minor pixel damage. It’s the first smartphone screen in eight years not to shatter during such a test.
- Closed Face-Down Drop Test: When dropped six feet onto a sidewalk, the Galaxy Z Fold3 exterior screen shattered on the first fall. The impact also caused raised and loose glass, making it unusable.
- Dunk Test: After being submerged in five feet of water for 30 minutes, the Galaxy Z Fold3 had no damage whatsoever.
“Samsung has made significant strides in the durability of foldable phones since it first introduced the Galaxy Fold in 2019. The Galaxy Z Fold3 is one of the toughest, most durable phones we’ve ever tested, and its interior screen is the first not to crack or shatter in our drop test,” said Jason Siciliano, Allstate Protection Plan vice president of marketing and creative director. “But while tough, it’s not indestructible. And with a purchase price of $1,799, main screen repair cost of $479, and exterior screen repair cost of $149, it still needs to be handled with care.”
No matter the make or model of smartphone, Allstate Protection Plans always recommends using screen protectors and phone cases, in addition to having a protection plan.