Samsung's foldable Galaxy F will not include Gorilla Glass protection

Samsung's foldable Galaxy F will not include Gorilla Glass protection
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 with Gorilla Glass 5

Samsung’s plans to release a foldable phone in early 2019 are certainly no secret, but according to a new report, the smartphone’s unique display may come with some big durability drawbacks.

As is common with most smartphones nowadays, Samsung’s foldable device, which may be called the Galaxy F, will make use of a layer of toughened material on the front with the goal of protecting the display panel beneath. Usually, and especially with premium devices, this would mean a sheet of the latest Gorilla Glass on top of the front panel. However, due to the foldable nature of Samsung’s next premium handsets, this solution is no longer viable. Instead, the South Korean giant will make use of a new transparent polyimide (PI) that is supplied by Japanese company Sumitomo Chemical. In comparison to Gorilla Glass, the new solution is undoubtedly less strong. But its plastic nature will allow it to be both flexible and heat resistant, which are two very important features when it comes to foldable phones.

Now, according to the report, traditional supplier Corning has developed its own solutions for foldable phones. Unfortunately, it seems as though Samsung didn’t think they were advanced enough yet, hence the adoption of a transparent PI.

As manufacturing of Samsung’s first foldable smartphone has still not begun, it’s understood that the supplier of the protective layer is still working to improve its solution as much as possible. But with a release expected to take place in January, it shouldn’t be too long before the final product enters the manufacturing process.

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12 Comments

1. gynorm

Posts: 38; Member since: Jul 31, 2013

thanks captain obvious

11. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

And one more obvious thing, it's folded when you store it in your pocket, keys and other stuff on your pocket won't even touch the screen.

2. EC112987

Posts: 1216; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

Gorilla glass doesn’t really bend so yea lmao

3. nikhil23

Posts: 467; Member since: Dec 07, 2016

Really? I didn't know that glass breaks when it's bent.That's amazing. > If liquid is used inside heat pipe, it shouldn't be called liquid cooling > Glass breaks when bent Next article might be "If you light up a paper, it burns"

4. Landon

Posts: 1245; Member since: May 07, 2015

NSS: No S*** Sherlock In all seriousness though, it would be amazing to see graphene used in displays some day. If you don't know anything about graphene, look it up. It's one amazing material that could change many industries.

10. RoyalMike unregistered

Yeah Graphene displays with '' Vibranium '' back. Amazing.

5. BLUEBLASTER

Posts: 938; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

As long as they don't come out with some BS like Apple does with their screens.

6. donhwan

Posts: 21; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

In other news: The Galaxy F will not have a pen & will require the use of a finger (or two) to navigate the device./s

7. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

I bet screen will scratch easily

9. Klinton

Posts: 1409; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

Yes...but...Not much, when you fold it.

8. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

Wauw...........surprice....

12. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Plastic had heat resistant properties, better than glass as almost implied above wtf?

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