Samsung's new Galaxy Note 20 Ultra has fared no expenses in terms of the features the design and yes, the price tag.
It is the first phone and the only one of the new notes with the latest Gorilla Glass victus on both the front and the back of the phone.
Samsung says it is the strongest glass ever, which of course means we have to test that out.
This time rather than just focusing on drop resistance, Corning has made Gorilla Glass victus stronger against both drops and scratches.
That's why we've had to change things up a little bit.
And we're going to be conducting two different tests.
First, a scratch test, which I'm going to do right here.
With this brand new Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, but once you've introduced a scratch, the phone is basically compromised and we can't really do the drop test on this phone.
That's why Chris is standing My at his house with his own brand new Galaxy Note 20 Ultra of his own.
Chris, are you ready?
Yep, I got my phone right here.
It still has the plastic on it and I'm all set ready to drop it on the ground.
Before we get started.
There are two Two things to note about this note.
For starters, though, I did say it has the new Gorilla Glass on either side.
The massive camera bump is actually Gorilla Glass six that is the previous generation.
The other thing is that for the first time since I can remember in a while at least two years, it doesn't come with a pre installed screen protector.
So Does it mean that Samsung has a little bit more faith in the glass?
I hope so.
We're gonna start the scratch test off with a key.
And No I am not about to key this phone and hopefully you're not going to keep this phone either but What I am going to do is I am going to put it in this bag with a couple of the items that you would find in a pocket or a purse to mimic the real world.
wear and tear that it does get in our bags, purses, whatever.
Now put this a little note In the bag, seal it up and I'm going to shake it.
Obviously you're not gonna be doing this either but you are gonna be taking your phone in and out of a purse or bags.
So I'm gonna do a lot of shaking.
And just to mimic days, weeks, passing months of wear and tear.
I'm shaking this pretty hard guys.
Whoo, okay, I'm just dizzy after that.
Let's see how it did
You know what?
It looks really good, and you saw me, I just really wore myself out taking that thing and there is not any visible damage.
The screen is looking great.
So is the camera bump.
Actually, nothing is scratched.
All right, well, it passed the first test.
Now we're going to move on to the tile test.
I have a slab of tile over here.
And this could be anything from kitchen floor, bathroom floor, whatever.
I'm going to do it on the screen side first.
I'm just gonna wipe it back and forth to mimic like if you drop it or it slides across the room, your kid gets it, whatever.
I'm just going to slide it back and forth a couple different times.
And it is pretty rough to the touch so I'm am expecting some damage.
I swear am enjoying it.
Yeah, that should do it.
It has pretty significant scratches.
So Corning said that it won't protect against those tiny micro scratches but that it should be stronger against those deep, deep scratches and I am seeing a lot of those.
So there's one right there.
I'm going to try to angle the light so that you can really see it.
And then one up here and some on the side.
I would not want to drop this phone after this because there are some deep scratches along the screen.
And now we're going to take it up a notch and for our final scratch test, I'm going to be using.
[LAUGH] This is actually what Corny uses to mimic sidewalk or cement, and it actually feels kinda like it, the surface of it does.
But you know, this is what would happen if you just drop it or it slides across the sidewalk.
I'm going to do the same thing as I did with this tile, just slide it back and forth but in this case on the back of the phone because I want to test the glass, but I also want to test the glass on the camera.
So here we go.
Not applying a lot of pressure on it.
Just sliding it as it would normally.
Let's take a look.
That sounded really bad but to be honest, it hasn't done much damage it has scraped up the frame on the camera.
But that's about it, I think.
So, I'm going to do it one more time and this time I am going to apply a little bit more pressure and make sure that this part is in contact and that the camera is as well.
So let's try that one more time with a little bit of pressure.
That is just not a pleasant sound, guys.
Okay, now we can see some damage.
There's definitely a lot of damage over here on the bottom of the camera module and you know, it almost looks broken.
It's so deep these these cuts and that's I guess to be expected from Gorilla Glass.
It's been kind of scraping at an angle.
So you'll definitely notice that this has been In contact with sandpaper and this has not.
And over here on the bottom, it's starting to look like it's got some a few scrapes as well.
I'm going to do this one more time just kind of leaving the camera module out of it and swipe it back and forth, back and forth.
And yeah, I mean, there you go.
It is pretty bad but on the back of the phone it is a lot more forgiving than it was on the front even though it is a rougher surface.
Because of that matte glass, I guess why not?
We might as well just test it over here too.
And then there's those same deep scratches on the front.
I mean, what can I say?
The phone obviously scratches, but to me it did fairly well considering that the more likely of all of these scenarios is probably the purse or the pocket test.
And it came out unscathed from that.
So, you know, that's your everyday use.
Now we do know what's going to happen if it slides across the kitchen floor, bathroom floor or across the sidewalk.
And with the scratch test out of the way, let's check in with Chris.
Are you ready for the drop test?.
Let's do it.>> Alright, so yeah, I've got my new note 20 Ultra.
I'm ready to drop it on the ground.
See what happens.
Just to prove that it's new.
It still has the plastic right on the front of it.
Take that off there.
peel this off here.
Well, those in the bushes Usually on the drop test, we start off dropping from hip height.
And that's because a lot of times people drop their phones when they're taking them out or putting them into their pockets.
I'm going to drop the phone twice from this height first with the screen facing down, then the second with the back facing down.
So let's do the drop from the screen facing down three feet.
Let's do that now.
Vanessa, count me down.
All right, Chris in three, two, one, drop.
Didn't sound too bad.
How's it looking Chris?
All right away, I can see that there's this little dinger on the bottom right hand side.
There we go.
It's got a nice little scuff mark there on the glass.
And we can start to see a little crack spreading across the screen itself.
I'm actually going to turn this on.
See how it affects the display itself.
There it is kind of life.
The other thing I'm seeing right now is up on this top corner, a smaller scuff.
It doesn't seem like it really impacted the glass, just the metal.
The screens turned on here and it's totally readable.
That little crack on the bottom isn't affecting the display working itself.
There's not really any scratches on the front surface itself.
So it looks like the corners really absorb most of the blow on that It may seem small, but I've seen this kind of break before and it's just gonna get worse from here.
So Chris, flip it over.
Let's see how the back does.
Ready for the drop on the back.
Alright Vanessa, count me in.
In 321 drop.
That sounded tougher than the first one.
Okay, folks, you ready for this?
Take a look.
No No wait, I can barely see no.
Is it fracture?
Are you kidding me?
It is that back is toast.
We've got big scratches all the way up and down the sides.
And of course, the cracks spreading across the back of the phone itself interesting.
For the most part, they feel like they're underneath.
It's only at these really ragged places that you feel the scratches at the top surface.
This is pretty devastating.
I know glasses glass and it's gonna break but I just I had such high hopes for this glass naively I guess, but it is interesting that you said Chris that it's smooth to the touch because at least it's still usable.
No excuses, but hey, at least it's still usable.
Back here on the camera module.
There's just a little bit of slight scuffing on the edge of the balls itself.
But the glass was intact.>>And since Corning does say that the claim of the glass is two meters Now this doesn't factor in Samsung making it thinner or curving it or whatever is two meters.
Should we take the screen to two meters, Chris?>> I mean, I suppose so why not?
I mean, I'm out here.
I got everything set up.
The back is all screwed up, but the front is still pretty pristine.
So you slap a case on it, and it's still usable as far as I'm concerned.
But let's see what happens if we drop this from over six feet.>>Yeah.
Final drop, Chris.
In three, two, one, drop.
I have a feeling that might have done something.
Okay, two meters onto the face of the phone.
Let's take a look and see what happened.
There's a little bit more scuffing along the side there.
That must have landed right on that edge first.
It's actually kind of rough to the touch when I run my finger across it.
There's a series of spider webs across the middle and a big runner down the side.
With my fingertip they're mostly pretty smooth, but if I use my nail, I can feel the little grooves in there.
Screen still lights up
Usable for sure.
Just not very pretty to look at anymore.
Right so we weren't expecting much else from that drop.
But I would say that it didn't do so bad on the screen side.
At least that was a really high drop, Chris.
Well, yeah, two meters is over six feet high.
And maybe if you're taking a selfie you find jobs from that height.
But beyond that now we know what could happen if you drop the phone from that height.
Suffice to say, we've put both of these phones through the wringer today and props to Chris because he's been mounting like five different cameras out there on his own.
I have the easy job in here.
And ultimately, glass is glass, it's gonna break.
No surprise, right?
But I gotta say, I was really hopeful, I was expecting a little bit more.
I think in the context of predecessors, it does seem to be a little bit more durable, especially because We tested it all without the screen protector and it did fairly well on the first drop and it didn't scratch on the first test.
But you're still gonna want to put a case on this phone you paid so much money for it, and you don't want anything to happen to it.
That being said, our tests are not scientific.
So take these results with a grain of salt and your mileage.
Mayberry, we wanna know about it.
So let us know in the comment section below and before you leave.
Fun fact if you're wondering what we do with all these broken phones, this one right here is the Galaxy S 20 Ultra that we dropped tested earlier this year.
And this has been one of the main phones that I've been using.
To shoot my own video while we're at home.
And same here, Vanessa, this is the galaxy z flip that we dropped earlier as well.
And I've been using that to shoot my videos here in the house.
And these notes are still in working condition so we might actually use them to film our next drop tests, which is I think the iPhone, Chris.
I'm ready when you are.
We'll see you then.