Samsung reportedly switches to Corning for the Galaxy Fold 2 display's glass solution
UTG is a material developed to withstand bending and rolling (to a certain degree) while adding minimal depth to the surface (e.g. a display panel) onto which it is overlaid. It is manufactured by companies such as Dowoo Insys and Schott. However, Corning also makes its own version of this product, and this is what Samsung has reportedly opted for in its upcoming second-generation Galaxy Fold device.
A Korean news site now asserts that this OEM has partnered with the transparent-materials specialist to set up a supply chain for the same in the US. This would involve the integration of this Corning UTG into Galaxy Fold 2 panels (which, at 7.7 inches, are said to be larger than those of their predecessors) at Samsung Display. They are then sent on to the OEM's Electronics subsidiary, where they are built into the full foldable tablet.
This report does contradict an earlier rumor stating that Samsung had plans to produce UTG-reinforced flexible panels independently. Then again, the inclusion of Corning-supplied products instead may reassure potential customers with this familiar name in smartphone-screen default protection.
In addition, Corning has stated that its take on UTG (currently known as Willow Glass) can go down to 100 microns in depth. This spec could conceivably refine the overall display thickness of a device equipped with it, not to mention its weight.