If you are going to drop $ 1,400 on a front-line smartphone like the Galaxy S20 Ultra, you would expect it to be tough enough to survive the abuses of everyday life, right? Fortunately, that seems to be the case. Both JerryRigEverything (also known as Zack Nelson) and PhoneBuff have performed durability tests for the S20 Ultra that suggest it can handle many abuses … although not all. JRE noted that the Gorilla Glass 6 screen did not scratch to level 6 on the Mohs scale (don’t even worry about your nails) and was extremely resistant to bending. You may not want to leave it unprotected along with your house keys, but this is much more difficult than the fragile Galaxy Z Flip.
Meanwhile, PhoneBuff performed a drop test that shows that the front and rear glass of the S20 Ultra survived multiple falls with less damage than an iPhone 11 Pro Max, although Apple hardware had better results with side impacts (due to use stainless steel compared to the S20 Ultra aluminum) and keeping the functionality under heavy abuse.
These are synthetic tests, and you will not confuse this phone with a rugged device like Samsung’s own Xcover Pro. You will still have to treat it with respect. However, it is good to know that you do not have to take care of your very expensive phone so that it looks good and works well, just do not tempt fate for being reckless.