Samsung responds to S6/S6 Edge 'bending' concerns

In an attempt to alleviate concerns relating to the durability of its new flagship Galaxy S6 handset, Samsung has released information regarding just how much pressure it will take to bend the device.

In an attempt to alleviate concerns relating to the durability of its new flagship Galaxy S6 handset, Samsung has released information regarding just how much pressure it will take to bend the device.

The concerns have been raised by a video published by warranties firm SquareTrade that showed several handsets, including the Galaxy S6 Edge being bent and breaking under the pressure of 110 pounds of force.

According to Samsung, there are issues with the test. First relating to the pressure used.

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"First, the video assumes a very specific condition - 110lbf (50kgf), which rarely occurs under normal circumstances. The normal force that generated when a person presses the back pocket is approximately 66lbf (30kgf). Our internal test results indicate that the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge are not bendable even under 79lbf (32kgf), which is equivalent to putting pressure to snap a bundle of five pencils at once."

Samsung also had concerns about how the test was carried out.

"Secondly, even though both front and back sides are exposed under the same level of pressure in normal circumstances, this test does not show the strength of the back side. Some smartphones have different durability in each the front and back sides respectively. SquareTrade has only tested the front side, which may mislead consumers about the entire durability of smartphones."

Samsung also released a video showing internal bend tests carried out on the device, showing how it can recover unscathed after a bending stress of 80 pounds of force.

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