Watch the new Samsung Galaxy Note 8 undergo a painful durability test

We know that the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is a great phone – but is it a rugged, tough-as-nails handset to boot?

In his eternal quest to destroy expensive gadgets for the sake of science, JerryRigEverything (JRE) has taken a bunch of tools to the new Samsung Galaxy Note 8 to test its durability.

The famous YouTuber attacked the Note 8 with razor blades, lighters, and pure thumb fury in an attempt to get the phone to cave under pressure.

You can watch the full video below:

So what did we learn? Well the good news is that Samsung’s latest flagship smartphone is one seriously tough piece of kit. The phone’s front glass offered the same hardness as Apple’s iPhone 7, and survived extensive razor-blading.

On the back, the fingerprint scanner was the first component that the razor could actually scratch, and as JRE notes: “Even with the damage, it can still sense and read my fingerprint”.

JRE also burned the front of the phone at close range using a handheld lighter. To his surprise, the phone lasted a lengthy 10 seconds before becoming permanently damaged.

In a flex test – which involves pressing your thumbs as hard as possible on the two ends of the phone in an attempt to snap it – the phone didn’t cave in, and remained “unfazed and fully functional”.

His biggest gripe seemed to be the extensive fingerprint markings on the back from using the phone – but we can live with that. And if you can’t take the smudging, you can always buy a case.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is Samsung’s latest smartphone, and was unveiled back on August 23, 2017. It’s the successor to the ill-fated Note 7, which was recalled within just weeks of launching last year, on account of a battery flaw that caused some handsets to catch fire spontaneously. The new Note 8 is officially available as of September 15, 2017.

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 features a large 6.3-inch QuadHD+ AMOLED HDR display, either a Snapdragon 835 or Exynos 8895 chip (depending on your region), 6GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage. It’s also got a generous 3,300mAh battery, and supports both wireless and fast charging.

We haven’t completed our review yet, but our early verdict reads: “A worthy comeback for the Galaxy Note brand, but battery problems (not of the incendiary variety this time) may still come back to haunt it.”

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