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Samsung releases video to show off the durability upgrades of the Galaxy Z Fold3 and Z Flip3

Since the launch of the very first foldable phone, durability has been a major concern for potential buyers. However, Samsung has refined the design for three generations and has made the Galaxy Z Fold3 and Z Flip3 significantly more durable than their predecessors.

For an overview of what was done, this short video from Samsung summarizes all the upgrades. The biggest upgrade is that third-generation Z phones are the first foldable to have waterproofing with an IPX8 rating.

The drop resistance has been improved as both models in this generation use Gorilla Glass Victus along with the new Armor Aluminum. The screen was also redesigned to have an ultra-thin glass and a new protective layer that allows it to survive 200,000 times cycles (that’s over 100 cycles a day for 5 years, but note that the tests were performed at room temperature).

Besides water, dust entering the hinge is a problem. Samsung improved the sweeping technology that made it better at keeping dust out. However, some foreign objects can still penetrate the hinge, so be careful when using the phone in a dusty or dirty environment.

If you are curious about how Samsung performed the tests on the Z Flip3 and Z Fold3, check out this video. You can also see these third-party drop tests.

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