The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is clearly one of the best smartphones of 2017. It’s packed with premium components, it offers unique and interesting functionality thanks to the inclusion of its S Pen stylus, and it’s also one tough cookie, as a recent JerryRigEverything durability test video has revealed.
The JerryRigEverything YouTube channel is famous for its smartphone stress tests, which puts handsets under a number of different intense circumstances to assess how strong they are. Samsung’s latest premium handset got the treatment yesterday and it stood up well in almost every category.
Particularly noteworthy is the bend test, which has seen many other large screen devices crack under the pressure, but the Galaxy Note 8 gets by unscathed, putting it among the most sturdy handsets to be released this year.
The glass on the front and rear of the Note 8 holds up like most of the competition. It’s protected by Gorilla Glass 5, the most recent and strongest version of Corning’s protective coating, and scratches only at Mohs’ hardness scale Level 6 and above. After taking a knife to its camera sensors (also covered by glass), the Note 8 also showed little signs of harm.
The only aspect of the front and rear of the phone to suffer any real damage under the knife was, somewhat unfortunately, the fingerprint sensor, which has been a sticking point for most critics. This is placed in a difficult-to-reach area at the top right of the rear of the device — as on the Galaxy S8 — so it was already out of favor. Still, the video host says that these scratches didn’t interfere with fingerprint sensor’s normal operation: it still worked as intended.
Though the Note 8 wasn’t subjected to any water-based challenges, the device has IP68 certification for dust and water resistance, so here again, it’s technically on par with the rest of the modern flagships (this despite it having an additional hole to house the S Pen).
Overall, it’s positive news for Samsung, especially after the Galaxy Note 7‘s overheating issue last year which eventually sunk the device. Samsung needed to produce a Note 8 that was going to stay out of harm’s way, and it seems to have done just that.