Samsung unveiled its second foldable smartphone which came in clamshell-designed at the Galaxy Unpacked event last week – the Galaxy Z Flip. The Korean manufacturer claimed that the phone came with an “Ultra-Thin Glass” display and that makes it more durable and less prone to scratches & damages unlike the Moto Razr. However, a durability test done by popular YouTuber JerryRigEverything proves otherwise.
In his traditional methodology followed to test the durability of smartphones, the YouTuber put Samsung’s claims to test. Surprisingly, the Galaxy Z Flip started to mark permanent scratches at level 2 with deeper grooves at level 3 under the Mohs scale of hardness. If you’ve been watching other JerryRigEverything videos, you might be aware of the fact that “glasses scratch at level 6, with deeper grooves at level 7”.
According to the YouTuber, a glass display is not supposed to scratch using a level 2 Mohs hardness pick. As we go further, the video reveals how the Galaxy Z Flip started picking permanent pixel damage when subjected to a level 5 hardness pick. He also lashed out the tech giant for such inaccurate claims as a lot of users would misinterpret the durability of the handset.
In a statement to The Verge, Samsung said that it would be offering a one-time screen protector for free. You will have to visit a UBreakIFix store, Samsung branded locations, or ship the handset to Samsung Premier since the application process requires a “specialist with the proper equipment”. The company also emphasized that the handset should be handled with care as it has a protective layer on top of the Ultra-Thin Glass.
Though the Galaxy Z Flip seems more durable than the Moto Razr, it appears the foldable technology is still very infant.
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