The Galaxy S9 easily passed an aggressive durability test recently performed by Zack Nelson, best known for his YouTube channel JerryRigEverything. The video that can be seen below subjected Samsung's latest Android flagship to a wide variety of punishments, being only a drop test away from full comprehensiveness. The phablet proved to be durable enough to withstand most conventional types of damage, with its Gorilla Glass 5 layer adequately preventing coins and razors from scratching the 5.8-inch Infinity Display panel, whereas the Super AMOLED module demonstrated a high level of heat resistance, being able to recover even from direct exposure to fire. The Galaxy S9 also appears to be a structurally sturdy device, with Nelson being unable to compromise its integrity by bending it from any angle, not even to the point that would just break its sealing ensuring IP68-rated resistance to dust particles and water.
Last year's Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus proved to be equally durable, with Samsung now additionally improving the robustness of their successors with the addition of thicker glass that's meant to provide users with an added layer of protection against drops. While the very nature of glass still makes it much less suitable for resisting drops than scratches, Samsung still appears to be leading the line in the context of structurally sound metal-and-glass smartphones. As is always the case with the company's flagship offerings, dozens of smartphone accessory makers already launched a broad range of cases, skins, and screen protectors meant to help the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus survive more abuse than they normally would.
Samsung's newest mobile offerings are expected to outsell all of their Android rivals commercialized over the course of this year, with the Seoul-based tech giant already saying it also expects them to outperform the Galaxy S8 series whose global sales to date amount to approximately 37 million, according to some industry trackers. The flagship duo will be officially released worldwide on Friday, March 16.