Tech powerhouse Samsung Electronics has turned down the so-called controversy ‘Galaxy S6 Bendgate’ sparked by SquareTrade, claiming that the company’s new flagship smartphone having a curved display feature is just as bendable as rival Apple Inc.’s iPhone6 Plus.
The Korean tech giant made a post on its official blog ‘Samsung Tomorrow’ on Monday to downplay the SquareTrade video.
According to the official blog post, the controversial video was designed in a way to mislead the consumers.
“The 50 kilograms (110 pounds) of pressure against a smartphone is very unlikely occurred in real consumer usage situations,” Samsung argued in the blog post.
“The video assumes a very specific condition – 110lbf (50kgf), which rarely occurs under normal circumstances. The normal force that generated when a person presses the back pocket is approximately 66lbf (30kgf). Our internal test results indicate that the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge are not bendable even under 79lbf (32kgf), which is equivalent to putting pressure to snap a bundle of five pencils at once,” according to the official blog, Samsung Tomorrow.
SquareTrade, a third-party warranty company specialized in gadget testing, conducted a torture test on the Galaxy S6 Edge on April 3 with the help of its newly developed ‘Bendbot’ machine. The main aim behind the trial was to find out how much Samsung’s new flagship smartphone can endure against pressure.
According to SquareTrade, the smartphone began bending at nearly 110 pounds (50 kgf) of pressure which was roughly the same amount of force that can make the iPhone 6 Plus to start bending.
The Galaxy S6 Edge turned totally undone at 149 pounds (67.5 kgf) of pressure, as per the test.
In the blog post, Samsung Electronics said, “According to prestigious consumer agencies such as Consumer Report, if a smartphone can endure bending against up to 32 kgf of pressure, it is considered suitable under normal usage environments.”
Samsung further added that its Galaxy S6 Edge witnessed no deformity or bending against 36kgf of pressure during the company’s testing.
The company also explained that 36kgf is the same pressure required to crack five pencils in half.