The new foldable Galaxy Z Flip smartphone from Samsung has come under fire again due to the durability of the handset.
A noted reviewer posted a video on YouTube claiming that it does not have a glass screen as advertised.
YouTuber Jerry Rig Everything, who performs durability tests on newly released phones, discovered that the surface was scratched by a fingernail.
He also questioned the readability of Samsung’s ‘glass screen’ claims.
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Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip (photo) was the first product to be announced at the Samsung product event on Tuesday and comes with various new tricks, including the ability to fold and stay at 90 degrees for a hands-free experience
His video review shows the sensitivity of the screen to pressure, including permanent damage caused by fingerprints and open fire. These would not appear on glass but would appear on the Z Flip.
GALAXY Z FLIP SPECS
Screen: Main display 6.7 ‘FHD + Dynamic AMOLED display (21.9: 9) Infinity Flex display 2636 x 1080 425ppi
Cover Display: 1.1 ‘Super AMOLED screen 300 x 112 303ppi
Dimensions and weight folded: 73.6 x 87.4 x 17.3 mm (hinge) – 15.4 mm (sagging)
Expanded 73.6 x 167.3 x 7.2 mm – 6.9 mm (screen)
Weight: 183 g
Camera Front camera: 10MP Selfie Camera: F2.4 Pixel size: 1.22 μm FOV: 80 ˚
Rear dual camera: 12MP Ultra Wide Camera: F2.2 Pixel Size: 1.12μm FOV: 123 ˚
12MP wide angle camera: Super Speed Dual Pixel AF, OIS, F1.8 Pixel size: 1.4μm FOV: 78 ˚
AP: 7 ㎚ 64-bit Octa-Core processor
※ 2.95 ㎓ (maximum clock speed) + 2.41 ㎓ + 1.78 ㎓
Memory: 8 GB RAM with 256 GB internal storage
Load: Fast charging compatible via power cord and wireless
OS: Android 10
Called the world’s first smartphone with a folding glass screen, the phone was unveiled last week at the Samsung Unpacked event in San Francisco.
The luxury device of £ 1,300 is the first commercially available folding telephone with a horizontal fold in the middle.
It is the second foldable smartphone from Samsung after last year’s Galaxy Fold.
“Samsung calls this glass, but this screen clearly does not have the scratch resistance or structural benefits that customers expect from glass,” Jerry Rig Everything said in his review.
“We shouldn’t call this screen glass if my fingernail clearly leaves marks on the surface.
“I don’t know what material this is, but Samsung should definitely not call it glass and I am disappointed.”
After testing the display with a series of Mohs hardness testers, Jerry Rig Everything says the so-called ‘glass screen’ was probably made with a combination of plastic and glass in his video review, which was published over the weekend.
“This screen is not scratch resistant in any way,” he says.
In a cryptic statement to The Verge, Samsung said: “Galaxy Z Flip has an Infinity Flex Display with Samsung’s Ultra Thin Glass (UTG) to offer a sleek, premium look and an immersive viewing experience.
“The first UTG technology from Samsung is different from other Galaxy flagship devices.
“Although the screen bends, it must be handled with care. Galaxy Z Flip also has a protective layer on top of the UTG similar to Galaxy Fold. “
The devastating assessment of the YouTuber went on: ‘The real danger of naming something glass means that people think they have the protection of glass if that is clearly not the case.
‘Glass distributes the pressure over the entire telephone, while this plastic allows that pressure and can damage pixels.
Once unfolded, the main screen appears to be separated into a video display area and a control panel
While the 6.7-inch main screen is split up for video calls, the Galaxy Z Flip forms a single screen, just like any other smartphone
Jerry Rig Everything also tested the ‘puncture points’ of the screen and discovered that he could destroy a whole line of pixels.
Each puncture point creates a black spot of dead pixels that can easily spread across the device when force is applied to the finger.
“A flat tire or cut on the plastic screen is a cancer that will eventually spread over the entire screen,” he says.
The phone also shows a permanent orange mark of the application of an open flame, which would not have appeared if the screen were real glass, the YouTuber states.
Elsewhere in the video, the Galaxy Z Flip fingerprint reader on the side of the phone no longer works after a few scratches, while the hinge on the back of the phone initially works well to prevent the phone from folding backwards.
After more force has been exerted, the rear panel falls apart into small pieces – although the display is still working.
The base of the phone, once folded, shows the Samsung logo embossed in the metal base
On the positive side, the mirror-like metal shell that covers the phone appears to have good resistance to the tip of a knife, just like the scratch-resistant glass that covers the rear camera.
During his unveiling for the phone last week, Samsung said that the Galaxy Z Flip “not only bends glass, but also physics bends.”
The Korean tech giant claims that the glass screen can withstand more than 200,000 times – or 182 times a day for three years.
However, the company recommends that Galaxy Z Flip users should handle the phone with at least some degree of delicacy.
When users start the phone, the screen displays a warning that advises users not to press hard on the screen.
It says: “Make sure there is nothing in it that could damage the screen, such as cards, coins or keys.
‘Your telephone is not resistant to water or dust. Ensure that no liquids or small particles enter it. “
The Galaxy Z Flip is available in black, purple or gold and forwards video calls while folded in at different angles.
Users of the Galaxy Z Flip can bend the device at a 90-degree angle for making videos and photos and hands-free video chatting.
The phone can be folded to reveal a compact square that easily fits into a user’s pocket, while the back of the hinge shows the Samsung logo embossed.
There are two screens on the new device – one on the inside that folds on itself and a second outside screen that displays the time, notifications, and number display when the device is folded.
The design is intended to mimic the classic ‘clamshell’ flip phones from the 2000s, including the Samsung S500 and T609.