Samsung’s declare that the brand new Galaxy Z Flip makes use of “Extremely Skinny Glass” appeared like a real breakthrough when the foldable cellphone was introduced final week. Till now, foldable screens have used plastic shows, which may be simply scratched with even a fingernail. The Z Flip making the change to glass, nevertheless skinny it may be, had us hopeful that it could maintain up higher to long-term use.
The Z Flip’s show begins displaying everlasting marks and scratches far sooner than precise glass would. A part of the tried and true JerryRigEverything check is placing telephones by a gauntlet of Mohs hardness picks to check when the show glass begins displaying injury. Should you’ve watched Zack’s movies earlier than, you’ve seemingly heard that fashionable smartphones have “scratches beginning at a stage 6, with deeper grooves at a stage 7.”
The Z Flip begins choosing up injury at stage 2 and extra considerably at 3, which is on par with the plastic screens of the Galaxy Fold and newer Motorola Razr. “This display is on no account scratch resistant by any means,” Nelson says close to the tip of the video. On the finish of the clip, he begins poking holes within the display that make the OLED panel go on the fritz — however there’s no signal of any glass fracturing.
On the unveiling of the Galaxy Z Flip, Samsung was categorical that it was glass. My colleague Dieter Bohn pressed Samsung representatives for extra info on who Samsung’s accomplice is for manufacturing it, the way it was made to bend, and what processes had been utilized to the glass. On the time, Samsung declined to touch upon all these questions. However the firm provided a response once we requested for touch upon this story.
Galaxy Z Flip options an Infinity Flex Show with Samsung’s Extremely Skinny Glass (UTG) to ship a modern, premium look and supply an immersive viewing expertise,” a spokesperson mentioned by electronic mail. “Samsung’s first-of-its-kind UTG expertise is completely different from different Galaxy flagship units. Whereas the show does bend, it needs to be dealt with with care. Additionally, Galaxy Z Flip has a protecting layer on prime of the UTG much like Galaxy Fold.
We requested Samsung if it deliberate to supply a display substitute service for the Z Flip because it did with the Galaxy Fold. It’s going to. Z Flip patrons can get a one-time display substitute for $119, Samsung says. As well as, you may as well get a specialised display protector designed for the Z Flip at no cost one time. Right here’s the corporate’s assertion on that:
As a part of Premier Service, we’ll supply a one-time free utility of a display protector for the Z Flip at choose UBIF [U Break I Fix], Samsung branded places or by sending it to Samsung Premier Service by way of mail,” the corporate added. “The display protector will probably be utilized by a specialist with the right tools to align and apply it. This system is rolling out quickly.
Nelson thinks Samsung might be utilizing a hybrid plastic polymer (with microscopic bits of glass blended in) so it may well promote this show as “glass.” But when it actually may be scratched this simply, what appeared like a major promoting level for the $1,380 Galaxy Z Flip is beginning to appear to be overblown advertising.