Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip was billed as the primary folding telephone with a glass show, however because of a “protecting layer,” the top-most floor you truly work together with is simply as sturdy as a plastic display screen protector. In a testing video printed earlier right this moment, Zack Nelson of JerryRigEverything confirmed off how simply the telephone’s show scratches, ultimately, actually poking holes in it.
In his preliminary checks, 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 wear and tear. These of you with lengthy nails might must be cautious for those who decide up a Z Flip. Lastly, he pokes precise holes via the glass show utilizing a tougher Mohs’ decide — not one thing you are prone to run into in day-to-day use, however an indicator that is nonetheless loads much less sturdy than the non-folding glass telephone you are in all probability 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 right this moment 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 check 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 prime of it. For what? Idk.
But it surely 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 slightly below:
“Galaxy Z Flip options an Infinity Flex Show with Samsung’s Extremely Skinny Glass (UTG) to ship a glossy, premium look and provide an immersive viewing expertise… Samsung’s first-of-its-kind UTG expertise is totally different from different Galaxy flagship units. Whereas the show does bend, it ought to be dealt with with care. Additionally, Galaxy Z Flip has a protecting layer on prime of the UTG much like Galaxy Fold.”
Samsung additionally tells The Verge that Galaxy Z Flip clients will pay for a one-time display screen substitute for $119, with one free substitute off that protecting layer additionally obtainable as an possibility.
Samsung stays adamant that the $1,380 Z Fold’s display screen is precise glass — there’s already one report displaying it could actually crack like actual glass, too — and the reason up to now 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 slightly involved for my very own buy, set to reach on Monday. Samsung may have accomplished higher to handle expectations.
Poking holes via polymer and glass with ease.
Regardless of the clarification or reasoning, there’s one factor Zach says in his video that we are able to agree with: “It is harmful to let folks stroll round with that false sense of safety Samsung offers them after they name it glass.”