The Galaxy Note 7 made its debut earlier this month and is shaping up as one of the top devices of this year, but is it durable enough to be worth the investment?
Tech Times already covered the Note 7's capabilities in a myriad of articles, and you can read our review roundup.
One of the main issues that the world focuses on is the durability of the device, with probably the most famous test being the one done by Zack of JerryRigEverything. In the trial, the Note 7 did a great job, if you discount the easy way in which Corning's Gorilla Glass 5 that protects the screen reacted to scratching.
Meanwhile, Corning has come out to defend its product and explain how the test of JerryRigEverything distorts reality.
With that in mind, you should know that a new test has appeared on YouTube. It belongs to TechRax and - spoiler alert - it is much more violent than anything you've seen before in durability tests.
TechRax uses a knife to test the display, sides and back of the handset. The backside of the phone is the first to give in, as it gets pounded with the edge of the knife.
Not satisfied with merely breaking the back of the phablet, TechRax proceeds to use a hammer on the device. Admittedly, he begins with gentle taps from the hammer, which does not seem to harm the device in any way. When the force of the hits reaches more than the accidental drop of a hammer on a smartphone level, the Note 7's screen goes bust and soon after, the device shuts off.
In order to end the video in style, the YouTuber uses the hammer to destroy the phablet thoroughly.
Just as a reminder of what TechRax tested, know that Galaxy Note 7 comes with a 5.7-inch QHD Dual Edge Super AMOLED screen protected by Corning's Gorilla Glass 5.
Its processing power relies on a Snapdragon 820 SoC or Exynos 8890, depending on where you purchase the device. A standard 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of expandable native storage are embedded in the device. For mobile photographers, a 12-megapixel Dual Pixel camera sits neatly on the backside of the handset. The S Pen stylus delivers a range of features and nifty tricks, and everything is integrated under the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow umbrella.
Samsung never touted ruggedness to be one main asset of the Galaxy Note 7, so the test serves entertainment more than anything else. Enjoy the video, below.