Samsung’s latest flagship smartphone may be crammed with features, but it’s also capable of thwarting all manner of abuse with sharp things, a scratch test by SamMobile reveals.
Due to hit shop shelves in the UK this Friday, the Galaxy S4 boasts a five-inch display (full HD Super AMOLED, for the uninitiated), rocking Corning’s latest Gorilla Glass 3 for protection against scratches and scuffmarks.
Corning claims this is three times more able to repel scrapes and grazes than Gorilla Glass 2, which featured on the huge-selling Galaxy S3. Naturally, the Samsung nuts over at SamMobile have put the new panel through its paces, subjecting it to pricks and prods with a pen, three types of knives, a set of keys and various coins without causing any damage to the screen visible to the naked eye.
What does it mean for you? Well, for one you can expect the S4 to be a lot tougher than its predecessor at resisting those inevitable knocks and bumps. You’re also less likely to damage it by carrying it with other rough items in your pocket or purse.
Of course, this does not guarantee that the S4 is impervious to any scratches. We still advise protecting your handset with a screen guard and/or case. The tests also don't tell us if the handset is equally sturdy at surviving drops and falls, which we’ll surely find out in drop tests imminently.
Aside from a larger, stronger display, the Galaxy S4 also brings a faster 1.9GHz quad-core processor, a 13-megapixel camera and a plethora of new software features to set it apart from the competition.
These include Smart Pause, which automatically pauses videos when you’re not watching, Air Wave that lets you scroll content without touching the screen and S Health, which monitors your heart rate, blood pressure and comfort level.
The Galaxy S4 officially goes on sale on April 27th. However, most networks and retailers expect to ship handsets out a day early and are taking pre-orders on a range on pay monthly tariffs.