A couple of days ago Samsung disclosed their official bending test routine, in light of a controversial third-party test, which claimed the Galaxy S6 edge brittle as, well, glass. It was only natural then that the company's own drop tests were released to the public, after countless Youtube attention-seekers had already published their own take and we reported on one doing it with particular zeal.
There's nothing surprising in Samsung's test, and it's the same rig we already saw when the Galaxy Note 4 was released. The setup offers repeatable results and takes as much of the human factor as possible out of the equation.
Both the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge devices are released into a free fall from chest height with the back hurtling towards the ground, with no major obvious consequences. The Galaxy S6 edge gets a dedicated test of its own, where it falls on its edge, possibly the least favorable scenario. It survives that too.
Samsung goes on to explain how the smartphone is designed so the fist thing to hit the ground is the aluminum frame, thus minimizing the impact on the glass. Additionally the insides are supposedly arranged in such a way as to share the stress and limit the chances of breakage.
Naturally, in a disclaimer of sorts, the video states that with proper enthusiasm you could actually break your Galaxy S6. But so you could break your watch' face and your car's windshield, so the difference between a surviving smartphone and a dead one is more or less the level of devotion.