Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra undergoes durability test and teardown

If you’ve been wondering how the brand new Galaxy S23 Ultra fares in terms of durability and if it’s easier to repair than its predecessors, PBKreviews has you covered. The latest durability and teardown videos show just how durable the new phone is and what it looks like on the inside.

Starting with the durability test, the phone retains its full functionality after a three-minute water submersion showcasing its full IP68 glory. The Gorilla Glass Victus 2 screen survives coin scratches just fine. Going at the screen with some Mohs mineral picks shows scratches at level 8 and deeper grooves at level 9 – a minor improvement over the first-gen Victus glass.

The back and cameras on the S23 Ultra exhibit identical scratch resistance levels. The drop test gives us a cracked screen after a waist height tumble directly onto concrete. The back also cracks after a separate waist height drop. Despite the cosmetic damage, the screen and the rest of the phone’s components remain fully functional.

Moving on to the teardown, we can see Samsung has made battery replacements a fair bit easier thanks to the included pull tabs. All the flex cables and connectors are neatly labeled which also makes the repair process that much easier.

We also get a clear look at the new larger vapor chamber at the 5:20 and 6:40 marks and a quick size comparison to the S22 Ultra’s vapor chamber. Galaxy S23 Ultra earns a 9/10 repairability score.