What you need to know
- YouTuber Mrkeybrd created a test where the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 was constantly folded and unfolded live without ceasing.
- The test lasted a total of five days, concluding just past 418,500 folds when the hinge became completely unreliable.
- Samsung only rates the Z Flip 3 at 200,000 folds for the lifetime of the phone.
Foldable phone owners will probably remember the first few times they folded and unfolded their phones. That feeling in the pit of the stomach is unmistakably caused by the worry that the glass could break at any moment, even though Samsung guarantees the phone can fold over 200,000 times over the life of the phone. That’s why YouTuber Mrkeybrd sought out to find the exact number of times a Z Flip 3 could be folded before it broke.
Turns out, Samsung’s estimates were incredibly conservative and the Galaxy Z Flip 3 (opens in new tab) survived over 418,500 folds before the hinge — not the glass — finally gave way and wouldn’t stay open or closed. That hinge started to become unreliable around 325,000 folds, which is still more than 50% longer than Samsung rates the phone for.