Guess what the Z flip screen is apparently not very scratch resistant.
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There's some controversy about what the Samsung Galaxy z flip screen is made out of.
The YouTube channel JerryRigEverything has a durability test featuring the Flip phone.
In one test, screens are checked to see how scratch-resistent the screens are.
The host of the video, Zack Nelson, tests the screens using a ten-level scale.
Plastic scratches at level two or three.
Real glass scratches as level five or six.
Sapphire, scratches at eight or nine.
A pick left marks on the screen at level two.
With level three, the screen gets all scratched up on the Z flip.
At level four, Nelson says, he could feel the pick cut into the display.
Now, why does this matter.
Because Samsung says the galaxy z flip uses a glass screen.
It's written nice and clearly on the Samsung site.
It's not hidden in a spec sheet here take a look at it.
On the left it says glass but make it fold on the right it says meet the first ever folding glass screen on a galaxy.
Yeah, we said folding glass made of Samsung ultra thin glass,, It sets you up for an epic view with a smooth flat screen.
Okay, so what's going on here?
Is the screen glass?
If it is, why does it scratch so easily?
Now, Nelson guesses that Samsung could be using a hybrid plastic polymer with little specs of glass ingredients inside.
And just it's calling it glass.
Also an issue, with the ability to scratch the screen using a fingernail.
A freaking fingernail can dent the screen.
So this is not good.
You've got Samsung crowing that it's using glass.
You've got a durability test showing that whatever the screen is made out of.
Is not exactly as durable as other kinds of glass.
Now over the years we've seen glass tech improve.
Corning is the company behind Gorilla Glass.
It was introduced in 2007.
And it keeps getting tougher.
Corning has a page highlighting recent Samsung products with Gorilla Glass including the note 10 and the S 10.
Looking at the full product list, the Z flip is not seen using Gorilla Glass and that would be crazy if he was on that list because if Gorilla Glass could bend Everyone would be using that.
That being said Corning does have a bendable glass.
Here's a sample from 2014 called Willow glass.
Here's a more recent video from December 2018, explaining Corning's bendable glass technology.
That's a 75 micrometer piece of glass being bent.
The video from Corning says the class can be bent 200,000 times but to a 5 millimeter radius.
The glass is not folding on itself flat.
That suggests the Samsung Z Flip is not using that particular glass From Corning.
If you're interested, Samsung says it will charge $119 to replace a Z Flip screen for the first time.
That deal is available for one year, from the date of purchase.
Now should anyone be surprised that a foldable phone has a delicate screen?
Well, probably not, but it's a tough pill to swallow when you're paying over 1300 bucks for a phone.
Then again if you're paying that much for the Z flip, you should baby it like crazy.
You should put it in the case Samsung gives you and then put another case on top of that touch the screen delicately and not like a gorilla.
Because just not Gorilla Glass.
On to comment Cove last time we were talking about upgrading to the s 20.
Here's what you had to say.
Bennie says I currently own a Note10+ and it's awesome.
The S20 series will be a worthy upgrade for many people that have a s10 or Note 10/10+, but I'll be patient and wait for the Note20 series of Samsung phones to emerge before I consider upgrading.
I'm with you because I like being able to write on my screen.
micha868 says no its not 10x optical zoom its 4x.
10 x zoom is hybrid which basically means digital combined with optical.
You are right thank you for that correction.
The optical zoom on the S 20 is four x sorry about that mistake.
[UNKNOWN] asks are the screens curved?
The screen is still curved but it's not as curve as it was in the past.
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