The tech reviewer just posted a new durability test for the Galaxy Z Flip.
Based on his stress tests involving scratching the screen with tools (and just fingernails!), there’s not much glass involved – the Galaxy Z Flip seems to have a plastic screen.
Using Mohs hardness picks, he demonstrated that the Galaxy Z Flip screen was seriously scratched at levels 2 and 3, while the glass typically used for smartphone resists at levels 5 and 6.
The reviewer did say that it’s possible that the screen is maybe a “hybrid plastic polymer with little flecks of glass ingredients inside”, which would let Samsung market this phone as technically having a “glass screen”.
Samsung has responded to the viral video with this statement sent to The Verge:
“Galaxy Z Flip features an Infinity Flex Display with Samsung’s Ultra Thin Glass (UTG) to deliver a sleek, premium look and offer an immersive viewing experience.
Samsung’s first-of-its-kind UTG technology is different from other Galaxy flagship devices. While the display does bend, it should be handled with care. Also, Galaxy Z Flip has a protective layer on top of the UTG similar to Galaxy Fold.”
If you look at the JerryRigEverything stress test, it’s clear that he cuts deep into a plastic-looking screen.
Something tells us this whole “is it plastic or glass” on the Galaxy Z Flip will be the new Yanny or Laurel great debate.
What’s your take on it?