- Huawei and Xiaomi have apparently ordered ultra-thin glass (UTG).
- This tech first debuted on the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip foldable.
The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip is a landmark release of sorts, as itâ€™s the first foldable phone to offer ultra-thin glass (UTG). This means it should provide improved durability compared to a foldable with a plastic-only screen.
Now, Weibo tipster Digital Chat Station reports that Huawei and Xiaomi have purchased â€œultra-thin flexible glass.â€� Furthermore, the leaker suggests the two brands could use it for products with foldable screens or â€œsurround screens.â€�
Xiaomiâ€™s apparent interest in UTG isnâ€™t quite as straightforward though. The manufacturer hasnâ€™t released a foldable just yet, although it has demonstrated a rather interesting prototype.
Xiaomi did however launch the Mi Mix Alpha concept phone last year, featuring a screen that wraps around the back of the handset. Nevertheless, UTG isnâ€™t as durable as typical protective glass, so we wouldnâ€™t count on seeing the tech on a phone with a non-folding screen.
Either way, Samsung chose to add a plastic layer above the Galaxy Z Flipâ€™s UTG layer, apparently serving as shatter protection in case the glass breaks. This plastic layer is still more susceptible to scratches than glass though. Itâ€™s theoretically possible we could see Huawei and Xiaomi adopt this approach too, but hopefully they have alternative solutions in mind.
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