See how the Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Galaxy Z Flip 4 performed in drop tests

Last update: September 1, 2022 at 12:26 UTC+02:00

Dropping a modern smartphone, and that too, a foldable or flip phone made of glass, can be a nightmare. Although these phones are made from ultra-premium materials, they are not unbreakable. PhoneBuff’s official YouTube channel did a drop test on the recently launched Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Galaxy Z Flip 4, and a spoiler alert, even after sporting a flimsy design, they performed well in the test.

As a reminder, Samsung uses Gorilla Glass Victus+ on the front and back of both phones, and there are better cushioning materials inside to absorb shock. When the phones were dropped from the back and the front, the glass on the Galaxy Z Flip 4 and Z Fold 4 did not break as the metal railing around the phone absorbed all the impact of the drop. When it fell on the hinge, the shielded aluminum that Samsung uses on both phones was scratched.

The Galaxy Z Fold 4 performs better thanks to its slab-like design

However, when the phones are put in the background under-rotated, that is, the main point of impact is on the opposite side of the hinge. While the Galaxy Z Fold 4 survives the drop with a few scrapes, you’ll notice a hairline crack on the Galaxy Z Flip 4. The phones are then subjected to an under-rotated cover screen drop, and here the screen of the Galaxy Z Flip 4 breaks, while surprisingly, the Galaxy Z Fold 4 does not have a single scratch on the cover screen.

The interior screen survives the drop test, thanks to the guardrails inside. The half-folded drop test also didn’t leave much of an impact on either phone, while the half-open hinge position shatters the back of the Galaxy Z Fold 4’s glass. Overall, both phones were fully functional, with all features working perfectly, and they passed the 15-point drop test with a good score.