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- A YouTuber has put the Galaxy Z Flip 3 through a marathon folding test.
- The collapsible was also subject to dirt, sand and water.
- The Flip 3 reached over 418,500 folds before giving up.
Samsung says the Galaxy Z Flip 3 can hold up to 200,000 folds, which equates to five years of use if you fold and unfold the device 100,000 times a day.
However, Polish YouTuber Mrkeybrd streamed a folding test live from June 8-13 (h/t: Business news from Maeil), putting the Galaxy Z Flip 3 to the test. The test also saw the YouTuber cover the foldable in dirt and sand and dip it in water. So what was the result?
It turns out that the Samsung device reached just over 418,500 folds and unfolded before refusing to stay closed or fully open. The YouTuber also dropped the phone more than a dozen times at the end of the folding test. You can watch the ending below.
It’s quite a remarkable achievement and suggests that Samsung may have underestimated the durability of the Galaxy Z Flip 3. However, it’s also worth noting that the hinge started to get unreliable at about 352,000 folds, as it didn’t always close properly. Nevertheless, this point still goes well beyond Samsung’s estimated fold count and came after the introduction of sand and other grime.
This isn’t exactly a scientific folding test given the aforementioned dirt and sand. But it should still give Galaxy Z Flip 3 owners some sort of reassurance that their foldable device is a durable one.