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A new Galaxy Z Fold2 teardown puts the existence of its protective ultra-thin glass beyond a doubt

The Galaxy Z Fold2 after JRE was through with it. (Source: YouTube)
The Galaxy Z Fold2 after JRE was through with it. (Source: YouTube)
Samsung is touting its new Galaxy Z Fold2 as an especially durable flexible-display device thanks to its updated hinge design and the ultra-thin glass (or UTG) that covers its main 7.6-inch screen. The YouTube channel JerryRigEverything (JRE) encountered this part of the premium device to a destructive extent during its obligatory teardown.
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The YouTube device durability-testing channel JerryRigEverything has conducted its popular bend test of Samsung's Galaxy Z Fold2; now, it has released a teardown video for the same ultra-pricey flagship. However, as iFixit found earlier in the course of its own disassembly of the same phone, its reparability score meant it had no chance of going back together again afterward.

The channel's host Zach Nelson also picked a different starting point with the Z Fold2's dissection that may have made sure this was the case. He chose to remove the device's internal 7.6-inch AMOLED screen first - while the device was still powered on. This resulted in a light-show that required an epilepsy warning, but also allowed the vlogger to demonstrate that it was possible to pull the UTG layer off the display (albeit not without damaging it).

This material also took the opportunity to help prove that it is in fact made of glass by shattering into a myriad amount of glittering shards in the process. Nelson also found that the Galaxy Z Fold2 has both graphite and copper cooling solutions, whereas the Note 20 Ultra Snapdragon and Exynos variants only get 1 each.

He also showcased the foldable phablet's new and (according to Samsung, at least) improved layer of protective bristles installed along its hinge, as well as the re-engineered CAM posts of the hinge itself. The OEM asserts that these components make the Z Fold2 more robust than its predecessor; so far, some available evidence appears to indicate that this is the case. Nevertheless, it failed to prevent the ~US$2000's complete destruction by the end of the video.

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2020-10- 6 (Update: 2020-10- 7)