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Samsung Galaxy S8 and iPhone 7 have been pitted head-to-head in a new drop test
The Galaxy S8 and iPhone 7 are the latest and greatest smartphones from Samsung and Apple, respectively.
The two flagship phones have very similar specs, but dramatically different designs.
Samsung Galaxy S8 has a beautiful dual-curved display that bleeds to the very edge of the chassis, ensuring the physical footprint of the device remains manageable – despite the size of the screen. Samsung has dubbed this stunning edge-to-edge design, Infinity Display.
Both the front and back of the Galaxy S8 range will be protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5.
The Galaxy S8 sports a 5.8inch Quad HD+ display that packs an impressive 570 pixels per inch. While there is a larger 6.2inch variation, dubbed Galaxy S8+.
Both of these display sizes are larger than the latest iPhone range, which ships with either a 4.7inch or 5.5inch screen.
And while the Galaxy S8 has almost eradicated the bezels around its display, the iPhone 7 still has thick bands around its display.
These are used to house the front-facing camera, proximity sensors, stereo speakers, and Home Button, which has an embedded fingerprint scanner.
Unlike the Samsung Galaxy S8, the iPhone does not have a glass back, favouring an aluminium shell.
From the outside, the larger bezels and metal case design might make the iPhone appear more resistant to drops than the all-glass, edge-to-edge design of the Samsung Galaxy S8.
But that's not the case, according to a new drop test published by renown YouTube account EverythingApplePro.
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The YouTube star managed to get his hands on a Galaxy S8 ahead of the UK release date, and promptly put it through a number of torturous tests.
Predictably, the Samsung Galaxy S8's back, which is cased with Gorilla Glass 5, shatters almost instantly whereas aluminium back on the iPhone 7 holds up much better.
However, the front display is a completely different story.
Despite having almost no bezels, and a dual-curved design that wraps around the front of the smartphone, the Galaxy S8 manages to withstand the vast majority of the drops.
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The fragile-looking design is surprisingly durable.
Whereas the iPhone 7 Plus starts to flicker and stutter as it comes away from the body of the phone, the Galaxy S8 continues to work flawlessly throughout the tests.
However, the victory is short-lived, since by the end of the video, both smartphone screens end up cracked and shattered in all places.
It's unclear just how representative this drop test is, compared to smartphone owners' real-world experiences.
But if the video is accurate, both smartphones should be able to withstand a few accidental knocks and drops before you have to shell-out for a costly display repair.