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

A tech enthusiast fired a .50 caliber round against the Galaxy S4 and recorded the whole thing with slow motion cameras. Care to guess what happened with the Galaxy S4?
April 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.