Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip was billed as the primary folding telephone with a glass show, however due to a “protecting layer,” the top-most floor you really work together with is barely as sturdy as a plastic display screen protector. In a testing video printed earlier as we speak, Zack Nelson of JerryRigEverything confirmed off how simply the telephone’s show scratches, ultimately, actually poking holes in it.
In his preliminary assessments, the show scratches at a Mohs’ degree 2, indicating that the top-most floor has the sturdiness of plastic. The display screen additionally later takes indents from a fingernail, for a extra real-life instance of damage. These of you with lengthy nails might must be cautious when you choose up a Z Flip. Lastly, he pokes precise holes by means of the glass show utilizing a tougher Mohs’ choose — not one thing you are more likely to run into in day-to-day use, however an indicator that is nonetheless so much much less sturdy than the non-folding glass telephone you are most likely studying this on.
Throughout his testing, Zach speculates that Samsung could also be utilizing a “hybrid” materials, like a plastic loaded with bits of glass to boost sturdiness. The extra possible clarification was revealed by Samsung throughout its occasion, and repeated as we speak in an announcement made by Samsung to The Verge: The skinny glass display screen is topped by a much less sturdy “protecting layer.”
To everybody who watched the sturdiness take a look at of the Galaxy Z Flip from @ZacksJerryRig :
Samsung is utilizing glass on the Galaxy Z Flip BUT the glass layer has an additional polymer layer on high of it. For what? Idk.
Nevertheless it definetly makes use of glass aka UTGhttps://t.co/BjOqe96Vzb pic.twitter.com/EglsU1jDvI
— Max J. (@MaxJmb) February 16, 2020
Samsung’s full assertion to The Verge is just under:
“Galaxy Z Flip options an Infinity Flex Show with Samsung’s Extremely Skinny Glass (UTG) to ship a modern, premium look and provide an immersive viewing expertise… Samsung’s first-of-its-kind UTG expertise is totally different from different Galaxy flagship gadgets. Whereas the show does bend, it must be dealt with with care. Additionally, Galaxy Z Flip has a protecting layer on high of the UTG much like Galaxy Fold.”
Samsung additionally tells The Verge that Galaxy Z Flip prospects will pay for a one-time display screen substitute for $119, with one free substitute of that protecting layer additionally out there as an choice.
Samsung stays adamant that the $1,380 Z Fold’s display screen is precise glass — there’s already one report displaying it could crack like actual glass, too — and the reason thus far about there being two layers to the show is smart. It is glass, simply very skinny glass, topped by a protecting “polymer” layer. Nonetheless, it is a lot much less sturdy than we had hoped. I am already a bit of involved for my very own buy, set to reach on Monday. Samsung might have carried out higher to handle expectations.
Poking holes by means of polymer and glass with ease.
Regardless of the clarification or reasoning, there’s one factor Zach says in his video that we will agree with: “It is harmful to let folks stroll round with that false sense of safety Samsung provides them after they name it glass.”