One thing that sets this foldable device apart from others, apart from its size, is the fact that it's made of glass - or is it? New information suggests that despite Samsung's claims, the screen is actually made of plastic.
Could this be true? Well, let us find out!
Galaxy Z Flip - Glass or Plastic?
Samsung officially mentioned that the Galaxy Z Flip is the first foldable device to ever use glass. And we actually found leaks regarding this subject that date more than a week back before the reveal.
Apparently, plastic is much easier to use when flexibility is concerned - which is why a foldable device that uses premium glass is considered to be a more premium offering.
The problems, however, start with this video from YouTube user - JerryRigEverything.
In case you don't know, Jerry likes to teardown various smartphones to check what's inside while also performing endurance tests on top of it. And in one of his endurance tests, more particularly, the scratching test, the Galaxy Z Flip's screen behaved more like plastic rather than glass.
Apparently, glass scratches at about level 5 or 6 in terms of pressure while plastic starts from 2 to 3. And as far as we can see, the Z Flip starts getting scratched at level 2. So, that's definitely not glass.
However, that's not the full story. Another recent video from PBKreviews did a similar test and found something different.
The main cover that you're touching is plastic. That much is true. But, underneath that, there is a very thin layer of glass that we can clearly see as it shatters in tiny pieces.
So, there is glass. But the main ingredient that you daily interact with is actually plastic.
Glass After All?
So, as we mentioned above, the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip does have a very tiny layer of glass in/under its display. The only question is: does that make it a glass display for real?
Probably not. But we'll leave that decision up to you. Normally, you would expect a glass display to behave like one.
See, glass isn't simply used as a showoff. it's not just a premium material. It's more endurable to scratches (Maybe not so much against drops) while also feeling better in your hands.
The Galaxy Z Flip's display doesn't actually bring any of these properties. So, if you ask us, we'd say that calling it the "World's first foldable phone to use a glass display" is a bit misleading.
It's technically correct; the same kind of correct that you get from calling the tiny bit of liquid in smartphones "Liquid/water cooling". It's not a lie - but it's not exactly what you'd expect from it either.
That's all for now. If anything else comes up, we'll let you know about it, so, stay tuned.
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