While several torture tests have proven the Galaxy S8 is not quite as explosive as previous flagship iterations by Samsung, new texts show the new handset is quite susceptible to damage through more mundane means, such as dropping. According to SquareTrade product testing labs, the only limit for the Samsung Galaxy S8 infinity display is sidewalks.

SquareTrade released the results to its breakability tests for the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus Monday, which determine the all-glass design of the smartphones make them especially fragile. With an overall breakability score of 76 for the Galaxy S8 and 77 for the Galaxy S8 Plus, there is just, even more, proof that those who have or are interested in purchasing the devices should also invest in a protective case.

Face down front, face down back and side drops resulted in cracks and shattering on all sides for both the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus, which is a first for a smartphone.

Typically, devices will have some sort of metal frame, that will prevent such all-inclusive damage. However, Samsung opted for an all-glass design on the Galaxy S8 for aesthetic purposes, as well as to usher in its thin-bezel infinity display.

SamsungS8BreakabilityScorecard_FINAL SquareTrade breakability score for Samsung Galaxy S8 Photo: SquareTrade

In addition to drops, SquareTrade also tested the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus for water resistance, bendability, tumble tests, materials, and repairability. The devices scored well during water tests due to their IP68 water and dust resistance. The rating protects products in five feet of water submersion for up to 30 minutes. Audio muffling quickly cleared up according to testers. However, the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus bend and break quickly under pressure and tumbling yielded results similar to drops.

Testing revealed the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus are challenging to open for repair, but parts are easily exchangeable once the handsets are pried apart from their extensive adhesive. Still, owners would likely be better off sending handsets in for professional servicing or getting a new model if a handset breaks.

Not only does Samsung offer its own warranty program for the Galaxy S8, SquareTrade also offers a protection plan and owners can inquire with carriers and other retailers about device insurance.

Overall the devices are determined to be a medium-high risk for damage. While the breakability score is rated out of 100 instead of out of 10, SquareTrade noted that the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus performed worst on its breakability tests than the previous Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge spring flagships, which were determined to have a medium risk of damage.

The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus released officially Friday and are already determined to be hot sellers on the market. Polls by SquareTrade have found consumer confidence in Samsung is high at 89 percent.