06 January 2021
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, the highest model in the series has undergone a brutal series of tests by the one and only JerryRigEverything. The YouTuber put the device through his series of tests that majorly includes scratch test, bend test, and heat test. So, let’s find out how much endurance does the device have.
The durability test starts from the usual scratch test in which the YouTuber uses several picks from the Mohs scale of hardness to find out at which level a device starts showing the scratches. The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra uses the newest Gorilla Glass Victus but just like other phones with Gorilla Glass coating, this phone also showed scratches at level 6 and deeper grooves at level 7.
Corning claims the Glass Victus as the toughest Gorilla Glass yet but still, the protection started showing the scratches at the same level at which other coatings show. The YouTuber points out this is because Victus is still glass and when Corning made these claims, it didn’t refer to previous generations of Gorilla Glass, it rather refers to regular glass.
He further explains, “all the incremental improvements that Gorilla Glass has made have been inside the glass realm (level 5 to 7).” This means the new additions will still show the scratches almost at the same levels at which their previous counterparts have shown. He further notes that "Mohs hardness picks are too generalized to differentiate between as they can’t bring out the subtle differences between different types of glass."
The YouTuber also breaks the S Pen completely to know what goes inside it.
Coming to the burn test, the display couldn’t recover and stays burnt. This type of burn spots are common on LCD screens but unfortunately, AMOLED screen on Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is showing the same scar as well.
Lastly, the YouTuber does a bend test in which the phone passed without showing a flex or deform anywhere.
Overall, the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra survives this durability test without getting much damage.