Samsung's Galaxy S20 Ultra is more durable than you think

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra (Image credit: Daniel Bader / Android Central)

What you need to know

  • Durability tests for the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra have revealed that the phone is quite sturdy.
  • The phone's screen, which is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 6, is quite resistant to scratches.
  • Samsung's most expensive Galaxy S flagship also managed to survive multiple drop tests, although it is in no way "rugged."

Samsung's Galaxy S20 Ultra is its most expensive Galaxy S flagship yet, starting at $1,400 in the U.S. While it isn't perfect, the phone offers class-leading hardware and doesn't have any major shortcomings. A durability test video from JerryRigEverything has now revealed (via SamMobile) that the phone is extremely impressive when it comes to durability as well.

The durability test video reveals that the phone's 6.9-inch screen is highly resistant to scratches, unlike the foldable Galaxy Z Flip's screen. Scratches start showing on the Galaxy S20 Ultra's screen from level 6 on the Mohs scale. The camera lenses on the back of the phone don't get easily scratched either. Similar to other recent Samsung flagship phones, the Galaxy S20 Ultra is very resistant to bending as well.

The Galaxy S20 Ultra durability test conducted by PhoneBuff reaffirms the phone's solid build quality. As can be seen in the video below, the Galaxy S20 Ultra managed to survive multiple drop tests, with the front and rear glass sustaining significantly less damage compared to the iPhone 11 Pro Max. However, it was the iPhone that fared better when it came to side impacts, thanks to its stronger stainless steel frame.

While these tests clearly show the Galaxy S20 Ultra is quite durable, you will still have to be careful, as it isn't a rugged device.

Babu Mohan
News Writer
  • I usually carry my phones caseless. I ordered the latercase for this phone because of the material and thinness. When I get the ultra, as a present, guess I'll have to make a decision.
  • I was more worried about my wallet being durable because of the price of this phone!!
  • Every phone scratches at a level 6, with deeper groves at a level 7. The exception is a full sapphire screen, which Apple and Samsung can't make. The S20 Ultra did do better than expected in the drop testing, but still broke. No surprise it did well in the bend test, as Samsung usually does. I lol'ed at how easy the buttons came off, but it does reveal a bit of bias in these tests. Zach intentionally pried the metal buttons off of one brand, and even though it took significant effort and made it clear that the buttons would never come off on their own, he was still critical.
    Then he was testing a Samsung device and the buttons came off accidentally, and he said "Oops, that wasn't supposed to happen". Was he critical of Samsung? Not one bit, and he kept going like it never happened.
  • If Samsung doesn't hurry up and fix this auto focus on the s20 ultra, I'm sending it back. I'm not paying $1400 for a phone that not doing what it supposed to do.
  • What a load of ****
    2 weeks old and the screen is heavily scratched, gorilla glass, poor quality phone at an exagerated price should have spent the wasted dollars replacing the screen on my s8