The first-generation Galaxy Fold folding screen smartphone, released last year, was embarrassed by the undurable plastic screen. So on the Galaxy Z Flip flip-top fold-over-screen smartphone, released this year, Samsung gritted its teeth with the industry’s first ultra-thin flexible glass (UTG) exterior screen. Although glass is less resilient than polymer materials, it is at least more scratch-resistant and makes the device look more eye-catching.
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Officials say the Galaxy Z Flip is equipped with revolutionary UTG superwave flexible glass and can withstand 200,000 flips.
As Samsung’s “proprietary” accessory, it means UTG is built in-house by the company. It is clear that there is still a long wait before supply is opened to other manufacturers.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip hands-on (via)
The screen damage to the original Galaxy Fold was partly due to a defect in the hinge mechanism that caused debris such as dust to enter the underside of the screen. This situation is expected to improve with the introduction of glass screens and other measures.
Of course, as a new technology, we’d like to keep an eye on UTG to see if it will experience a significant performance decline over time.