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Galaxy S4 screen scratch test uses knives, pens, and coins

Samsung’s new flagship phone, the Galaxy S4, is set to release at ATT stores on April 27, but customers that pre-ordered the device may receive it a couple of days before. Due to the nature of smartphones and the news cycle surrounding them, we generally know their capabilities before they hit the market. What we don’t know, however, is how much abuse they can take, which is why drop and scratch tests are always so prevalent right around a major phone release.

Thankfully, the Galaxy S4 is no different, and if you have the stomach for it, you can watch someone else attempt to ruin his phone with the help of some knives, pens, and coins.

The video shows various knives having their way with the Galaxy S4′s screen, from what looks to be some sort of letter opener or cheese knife, to a serrated knife and a big steak knife. Each knife slices, rubs, and stabs the screen, causing us to wince in anticipatory fear as if the screen will suddenly be replaced by someone’s hand.

The most likely culprit of a scratch that gets tested, though, are some pennies and keys, as those have a higher chance of being in the same pocket as your phone than a steak knife does.

The Galaxy S4 is protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3, which certainly seems to hold its own against a barrage of cutlery, coins, and keys. The tester isn’t going easy on the phone either, as each item generates a loud noise when making contact with the screen.

The end result is a screen without any damage whatsoever. So, if you were on the fence about purchasing a Galaxy S4 because you didn’t want to give up stuffing your pockets full of knives, you have nothing to fear.

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