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Samsung’s unbreakable display seemingly better than Gorilla Glass 6

Samsung Display introduced its unbreakable smartphone display a couple of months ago. The 6.2-inch 1440×2960 panel with an all-plastic design was showcased at the SID DisplayWeek in May this year. Samsung’s display affiliate today announced that the unbreakable smartphone panel has now received a seal of approval from Underwriters Laboratories. It has been certified by UL which is an official testing company for OSHA, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration of the U.S. Department of Labor.

The unbreakable OLED panel can be used for smartphones as well as other electronic products including display consoles for automobiles, portable game consoles, tablets and mobile military devices.

Samsung’s unbreakable OLED display

The “unbreakable” quality of this panel is due to the special substrate and overlay window that’s securely adhered to the flexible OLED panel. Existing flexible OLED panels have a glass-covered window to the display which can shatter if severely impacted.

UL’s certification revealed that Samsung Display’s unbreakable display passed the rigorous real-time durability test which is based on military standards that are set by the U.S. Department of Defense. It even survived a subsequent 1.8 meter or almost 6 feet drop test and operated as it should have without any damage.

It survived a drop test from 1.2 meters or nearly 4 feet above the ground continuously for 26 times. The panel also passed (71 degrees) and low (-32 degrees) temperature tests and continued to function normally without any damage to its front, edges or sides.

Compare it to the recently-announced Gorilla Glass 6 from Corning and Samsung’s unbreakable panel appears to be the better option. Gorilla Glass 6 is a big improvement over its predecessor but the company’s claim puts its durability at surviving 15 drops from a height of 1 meter or 3.2 feet.

It’s pertinent to mention though that both figures represent lab tests. The factors aren’t controlled as tightly as they are in lab tests out in the real-world so the actual mileage here may vary. Samsung’s unbreakable OLED panel is likely to be used for the company’s first foldable smartphone that’s due next year.

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Osensnolf
Osensnolf

“The panel also passed (71 degrees) ”

I would surely hope so. Maybe this is C and not F?

Biransahin
Biransahin

Lolol. You should have thought before asking that question. Let me give you an idea. Butter melts at approximately 90°F. At 70°F butter is soft enough to spread on your toast. I think you can safely say they mean 71°C. 😉

mada222
mada222

We gonna see it on s10?

Biransahin
Biransahin

I’m sure it’s only meant for foldable smartphone screens. It will scratch to easily to put on a flagship standard phone.

stondec
stondec

How do you know how easily it scratches? Also if is scratches so easily on flat screen phones how on earth will it scratch less easily on foldable phones?

Biransahin
Biransahin

Sorry…. “too easily”. Excuse my typo!!

Biransahin
Biransahin

You are not comparing correctly. Each one has advantages and disadvantages. Gorilla Glass, scratch proof but easily cracked. Samsungs product flexible, shatter proof but as it’s plastic, very easily scratched, just like the plastic OLED on some Motorola phones. Even a sharp fingernail can scratch it. Plastic OLEDs are not better than GG. Just different.

Belarrius
Belarrius

Unless if you use a plastic like Polycarbonate (PC) it’s difficult to scratch with simple metal, some composite plastic are very difficult to scratch too, maybe it’s preferably than a weak glass?

Biransahin
Biransahin

I manufacture industrial products in polypropylene, polyethylene, pvdf, ptfe, and polycarbonate. All of them scratch very easily with any metal, even the soft aluminum fittings we attach to the products (industrial pump systems) will scratch them. It doesn’t matter of course on this equipment as cosmetic looks aren’t important, but you can scratch any plastic with any metal and softer ones even a fingernail will mark it. There is no plastic that will stand up to any metal. Only glass will do that. No plastic gets beyond a mohs scale of 4 and most are 3. Every metal including the… Read more »

toncek333
toncek333

Gorilla Glass is not at all scratch proof. I have an S8 and I’ve never put it in a pocket along with keys or dropped it but I have a fair few scratches. To be fair they are only visible if viewing from a certain angle (in sunlight) but they are there.

Biransahin
Biransahin

Of course, you are totally right. I have no scratches myself but I keep a dedicated sealed pocket for my phone as dust which is usually quartz based will cause minor scratches as it’s mohs scale is 6 or 7. But plastic has a mohs scale of only 3, possibly 4 for some composites. Give it the same conditions as a GG screen and it will be a mess.

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