The Samsung Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8 Plus have been on the market for a few weeks now, but the devices are still being subjected to a wide variety of durability tests and strange experiments, and one such test was recently performed by popular YouTube channel GizmoSlip. The folks running the channel decided to pit the Infinity Display of the Galaxy S8 against a fidget spinner spinning at 1,000 MPH. This “hyper-spun” fidget spinner was then slowly brought in contact with the screen of the Galaxy S8 and easily cracked the 5.8-inch display panel of Samsung’s latest Android flagship. A slow-motion replay of the experiment showed that the screen cracked on the first contact with the fidget spinner, and the impact even managed to shatter the rear glass panel of the device. The screen of the damaged Galaxy S8 was still functional, though the handset itself was hardly usable following the experiment that can be seen below.
While fidget spinners aren’t a new invention by any means, they recently started gaining mainstream appeal as the toy industry began advertising them as devices that are both entertaining and relieve stress, which is why they’ve also started making appearances in a number of unusual places, including smartphone durability tests. With that said, GizmoSlip were still quick to point out that their video wasn’t meant to be taken as a scientific experiment and was simply designed for entertainment purposes. The YouTube channel made that statement in response to some viewers doubting whether the fidget spinner in question was truly spinning at 1,000 MPH or if the device was actually rotating much slower than that.
Introduced in late March following months of teasers, leaks, and anticipation, the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8 Plus finally hit the market in April and were instantly met with an almost universally positive response from both critics and consumers alike. Samsung’s new pair of high-end Android flagships is currently projected to outsell all other Android handsets released in 2017 and will likely help the company’s mobile division bounce back from its recent troubles that started with the discontinuation of the Galaxy Note 7 last fall. An update on the performance of both devices is expected to follow later this year.