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JerryRig: Samsung Galaxy Z Flip's Ultra Thin Glass has a plastic top layer

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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip display failed the torture tests made by Zack Nelson of JerryRigEverything as its topmost layer is not made of real glass.
JerryRig: Samsung Galaxy Z Flip's Ultra Thin Glass has a plastic top layer
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip

It failed the durability test of JerryRig

It was just a week ago that Samsung announced the features and availability of its foldable phone, the Galaxy Z Flip. With its highly original design and immersive screen, it is arguably the most anticipated smartphone at the start of 2020.
Very visible scratches done on the Galaxy Z Flip's display
Very visible scratches done on the Galaxy Z Flip's display

The JerryRigEverything (aka Zack Nelson) put this flagship device through their torture tests, as it did with every highly known device. Unfortunately, the glass display of the Galaxy Z Flip is not as durable as it seems according to the results.
Fingerprint scanner scratched by a metal cutter
Fingerprint scanner scratched by a metal cutter

It is said to be typical that display screens fail these torture tests eventually But then, the highly unusual thing is the Galaxy Z Flip did not pass any level, not even the fingernail test.
Confirmed, it is glass
Confirmed, it is glass

During the first test which is the Moh’s level 2, there were tiny scratches on the screen and they went further. With that, he also noted that if the Galaxy Flip's screen is described to be made of glass, it should behave like glass.

Zack Nelson also implied that Samsung did not use real glass, for Galaxy Z Flip. It appears that the topmost layer of this device is a protective layer made of polymer plastic, which has the same amount of protection a plastic screen protector can give.

Nelson was also able to pierce holes in the screen during the durability test. Aside from that, when he scratched the fingerprint scanner using a cutter, it totally stopped working.

Fingerprint scanner scratched by a metal cutter

Max Weinbach tweeted a clarification that Samsung is using glass on the Galaxy Z Flip but the glass layer has an extra polymer layer on top of it.

The tweet by Max Weinbach regarding the durability issue of Galaxy Z Flip

Aside from that, Samsung released a statement in a particular publication explaining that the thin glass layer is topped by a less durable protective layer made of plastic.

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.

The South Korean giant also announced that it is offering a one-time display replacement of the display for USD 119 or a free replacement of the protective layer for those who buy this foldable phone.

What are your thoughts about the Galaxy Z Flip's durability and overall design?

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