Galaxy Z Flip durability test calls Samsung’s Ultra Thin ‘Glass’ into question
Samsung’s declare that the brand new Galaxy Z Flip makes use of “Ultra Thin Glass” gave the impression of a real breakthrough when the foldable telephone was introduced final week. Until now, foldable screens have used plastic shows, which may be simply scratched with even a fingernail. The Z Flip making the change to glass, nonetheless skinny it is likely to be, had us hopeful that it could maintain up higher to long-term use.
But evidently won’t be the case.
Zack Nelson has gotten his arms on Samsung’s second try at a foldable telephone, and the outcomes of his JerryRigEverything durability test don’t encourage confidence.
The Z Flip’s show begins exhibiting everlasting marks and scratches far sooner than precise glass would. Part of the tried and true JerryRigEverything test is placing telephones by a gauntlet of Mohs hardness picks to test when the show glass begins exhibiting injury. If you’ve watched Zack’s movies earlier than, you’ve possible heard that trendy smartphones have “scratches starting at a level 6, with deeper grooves at a level 7.”
The Z Flip begins selecting up injury at stage 2 and extra considerably at three, which is on par with the plastic screens of the Galaxy Fold and newer Motorola Razr. “This screen is in no way scratch resistant whatsoever,” Nelson says close to the tip of the video. At the tip 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.
At the disclosing of the Galaxy Z Flip, Samsung was categorical that it was glass. My colleague Dieter Bohn pressed Samsung representatives for extra data on who Samsung’s companion is for manufacturing it, the way it was made to bend, and what processes have been utilized to the glass. At the time, Samsung declined to touch upon all these questions. But the corporate supplied a response after we requested for touch upon this story.
Galaxy Z Flip options an Infinity Flex Display with Samsung’s Ultra Thin Glass (UTG) to ship a smooth, premium look and supply an immersive viewing expertise,” a spokesperson stated by e mail. “Samsung’s first-of-its-kind UTG know-how is totally different from different Galaxy flagship gadgets. While the show does bend, it must be dealt with with care. Also, Galaxy Z Flip has a protecting layer on prime of the UTG just like Galaxy Fold.
Is Samsung attempting to say that we’re solely seeing scratches on the outer protecting layer? Those look fairly deep and everlasting, but it surely’s potential. This is the layer Samsung is speaking about:
We requested Samsung if it deliberate to supply a display substitute service for the Z Flip as it did with the Galaxy Fold. It will. Z Flip consumers can get a one-time display substitute for $119, Samsung says. In addition, you can too get a specialised display protector designed for the Z Flip without cost one time. 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 areas or by sending it to Samsung Premier Service by way of mail,” the corporate added. “The display protector can be utilized by a specialist with the correct gear to align and apply it. The program is rolling out quickly.
Nelson thinks Samsung may very well be utilizing a hybrid plastic polymer (with microscopic bits of glass blended in) so it could possibly promote this show as “glass.” But if it actually may be scratched this simply, what appeared like a big promoting level for the $1,380 Galaxy Z Flip is beginning to appear like overblown advertising.