YouTube channel JerryRigEverything has managed to get their hands on the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip, and submitted the device to their usual torture test.
The device was never expected to survive the test, but what was surprising was how easily the Ultra-Thin Glass scratched, even with his fingernail, and the screen deformed with the flame from his lighter suggesting plastic would be a better description of the material.
It is notable that the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip does have a protective polymer layer on top of its UTG, but then it is also clear that the UTG + Polymer combination does not provide significant protection against scratches or punctures.
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Surprisingly they conclude that it was “the most durable phone they have seen yet” and said:
“Overall I’m impressed with the Galaxy Z Flip. If they change the name of their screen material to something besides glass I would give it a 10/10 as far as folding phones go. The only physical characteristic this screen material shares with actual glass is the clarity. And I dont think thats fair to consumers.”
In a statement to the Verge Samsung confirmed that it offers a free replacement of the built-in screen protector and that actual screen replacements are only $119. They write:
As part of Premier Service, we will offer a one-time free application of a screen protector for the Z Flip at select UBIF [U Break I Fix], Samsung branded locations or by sending it to Samsung Premier Service via mail,” the company added. “The screen protector will be applied by a specialist with the proper equipment to align and apply it. The program is rolling out soon.
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