Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra with Gorilla Glass Victus survives surprisingly well in controlled drop tests
The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra are the latest flagships from Samsung, sporting some of the best consumer-ready conventional technologies that the South Korean company has to offer. One of the highlights of the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is that it is the first phone with Gorilla Glass Victus on the front and back. Gorilla Glass Victus is the successor to the Gorilla Glass 6, and claims to offer better drop protection and scratch resistance than its predecessors. These were just claims originating from Corning, so getting some real-world data was crucial to understanding if the implementation on the Note 20 Ultra was anything noteworthy. And as it turns out, the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra survived surprisingly well across several controlled drop tests.
YouTuber PhoneBuff put the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra and its Corning Gorilla Glass Victus to the test against the Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max and its implementation of Gorilla Glass. Apple does not explicitly mention the Gorilla Glass version that it uses on the phone, but it is widely presumed that the iPhone 11 Pro Max comes with Gorilla Glass 6. The implementation of Gorilla Glass onto a device can take a few forms — OEMs can choose to go for a thicker glass sheet to have better durability or choose to retain durability at the same level as the predecessor while cutting down on the thickness.
This is how the test went:
Both, the iPhone 11 Pro Max and the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra are dropped from a 1m height onto a concrete surface in a controlled manner. The first drop is on the back of the devices. The glass back panels on both the phones crack on the first drop itself — but the damage on the Note 20 Ultra is limited to the top left corner of the back, near the camera module, while the iPhone 11 Pro Max gets itself a web of cracks across its back.
The phones are then subjected to further drops: on the side and on the front. The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra survives remarkably, while the Apple flagship does not. There are 10 further “bonus rounds” where the phones are dropped from a higher 1.45m height onto a steel surface. At the end of it, the Apple flagship sustains major damage to its functionalities (which is normal and expected behavior from a glass sandwich), while the Note 20 Ultra fares surprisingly well. The drops yield very little damage on the front of the device, and the crack on the back did not appear to extend any further. While the sample size is admittedly very small, the results are promising and in line with the claims originally propagated.
The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra actually managed to surprise us with how it survived. Still, it’s a very expensive phone, so it’s best to stay safe and keep it protected with a good case and screen protectors.