After a video posted by electronics warranty provider SquareTrade appeared to show a Galaxy S6 Edge smartphone bending and breaking under less pressure than competing phones, Samsung issued a statement Monday saying that not only was the test inaccurate, but unfair. The SquareTrade video, posted last week, shows the new Samsung phone, an iPhone 6 Plus (subject of the original #Bendgate controversy) and the new HTC One M9 bearing increasing loads until they bend and eventually break. The iPhone bent at 110 pounds, but didn't break until 179. The One M9 bent and broke at 120 pounds. And the Samsung bent and broke at 110, likely because of the wraparound glass screen.
"All our devices are put rigorous high-quality validation tests before they are delivered to consumers," Samsung said in its statement, "and we are confident that all our smartphones are not bendable under daily usage."
The company pointed out that not only are the pressures in the test well above those encountered in everyday use, but that phones may perform differently when the pressure is applied to the back side rather than the front. It also provided a video of the S6 Edge safely weathering up to 80 pounds of pressure.
- Flexible Display? New iPhone 6 Prone to Bending, Some Users Find
- #Bendgate: LG, BlackBerry Poke Fun at Apple's iPhone 6 Problem
- After #Bendgate, Apple Opens Its iPhone Testing Lab to Media