Extreme Galaxy S4 ‘teardown’ performed with .50 caliber bullet [video]

by: Chris SmithApril 29, 2013

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A tech enthusiast decided to check out how the Galaxy S4 fares when having to face a bullet shot right at it from a .50 caliber sniper rifle, and recorded the event with help of slow motion cameras.

As you might have guessed, this isn’t your run-of-the-mill experiement to test the durability of Samsung’s latest flagship. And since we’re talking about a .50 caliber bullet shot from a Barrett M82A1 rifle it’s more than clear what happens with the device in the process.

Spoiler alert, we’re looking at the worst teardown ever for the handset, as the Galaxy S4 doesn’t really survive the test. And how could it, considering that the bullet carries tremendous energy – it’s fired from only a few yards away and has a muzzle velocity of 2,799 ft/s (853 m/s) – and the Galaxy S4’s only defense is plastic?

On a more serious note though, we’ll remind you that iFixit has already performed its official Galaxy S4 teardown, and we have also shown you a video in which it’s explained how to dismantle the handset and put it back together, if you so desire.

As for actual durability tests, we performed our own Galaxy S4 experiment, a drop simulation of the device performed in good company, Apple’s iPhone 5. You can watch that comparison drop test in the video below, as it shows more relevant accident scenarios for the handset than dating a .50 caliber round.

The Galaxy S4 isn’t necessarily the best built device out there, but at least it’s easy to repair. The company has confirmed that it will announce a dustproof and waterproof Galaxy S4 version in the coming months, although it’s not clear whether that version will be capable of handling drops better.

Moreover, if you’re interested to see some (conflicting) opinions regarding the Galaxy S4’s design, you can always check the company’s Galaxy S4 design story.

Finally, we’ll remind you to handle with care your Galaxy S4, and avoid drops, spills and any other accidents you can think of.

  • monkeypox69

    Why does an “Android” website continually go out of its way to make Samsung’s flagship products look bad? This is just idiotic.

    • Where do you get that idea? We deliver a very balanced look. I take it you missed our review? http://www.androidauthority.com/galaxy-s4-review-194534/

      • monkeypox69

        I get it from this statement, which you just had to stick in the article: “The Galaxy S4 isn’t necessarily the best built device out there…”

    • aalcant2

      dude, any phone against a sniper rifle is going to lose. Pretty sure this was just for entertainment but if you were unclear on anything dont use any phone as protection against a sniper

    • MasterMuffin

      How does this make s4 look bad? Are you saying that iPhone could have handled that :D

  • Stan Jez

    honestly, this is just BS on so many levels. People with too much time and money. one day get a real buzz by donating the money to the needy.

    • kakausi

      will that get me any yt subscribers? i guess no…

  • gregb

    lol, even if the phone survive against armor-piercing .50 cal round, its internal will be pretty unusable from the shock.

    and the user will still die from the shock anyway..

  • Human stupidity never cease to amaze me. What the fux were they thinking is going to happen?
    I feel ashamed for even clicking on that video and fast forwarding to the end.