Can a Folding Phone Bend Both Ways?! – Bend Test!

Have you ever thought to yourself 'I totally
wish my phone could fold in half'? If so, join the club. And if not, now all the wildest dreams you've
never had are coming true with the world's first foldable phone you can actually buy. It's called the FlexPai from a company called
Royole. It's literally the first phone with a foldable
screen that's commercially available. Yeah, Samsung did have one once upon a time,
but they still haven't gotten around to actually releasing the Galaxy Fold yet. So I'll believe it when I see it and can actually
buy one. Inside the box is whatever this is. And here is the FlexPai with some instructions
on how to fold and unfold the phone written on the outer covering. Honestly, I think it looks pretty cool. It feels solid and heavy. I held one of these for the first time at
CES this year. But obviously, since that was a demo unit
and not my own personal device, I wasn't going to try to see what happens when it's bent
both directions.

Today though, this one here is all mine, and
there's no one here to stop us. Let's get started. [Intro] Right out of the box there are some confidence
diminishing instructions that flash across the screen, like 'only charge the phone with
the device unfolded.' And then look here at this massive list of
instructions: don't drop it, keep the surface dry and clean, please avoid sharp or pointed
objects….uh huh, got it, sure thing. And right below that, it keeps going on to
say no screen protectors are allowed, and the phone can't be opened if the temperature
is below freezing. It also looks like the side of the phone is
super magnetic. This is going to be fun. Opening and closing the phone automatically
changes how the apps are displayed on the screen. Magnets are the thing that holds the phone
shut in the closed position with a very satisfyingly hard click. The magnets will definitely keep the phone
from flopping open on its own.

The hinge of the phone here in the center
is covered with a very dark blue rubberish material and held in place by a series of
hex screws. It takes up a good portion of the back panel
real estate. It looks like one of those wrinkly dogs, or
even a slinky that can be bent back and forth. Good luck slapping a dbrand skin on this one. When it does snap closed, it leaves just enough
room inside for a pencil to clip into the gap between the back halves. Might be a perfect spot for a future stylus…just
saying. The two back panels have a subtle shimmer
that we see on most smartphones these days – low key, and it doesn't really draw attention
to itself…well, besides the fact that it folds in half.

That's a minor detail of course. You can see how reflective and shiny the screen
is as well. The scratch test is going to be super interesting. The weird thing to me though is that the screen
is always going to be exposed on the outside of the phone – always. The whole thing is just there…vulnerable. The whole system functions like an Android
tablet, but then has the ability to fold closed to be the size of a phone. It also has memory enough to remember which
app was open on which side of the phone each time you flip it around. It also has a little center options bar in
the fold of the phone.

Honestly, it looks pretty slick. Yeah, the thing is a bit thick, but if it's
durable, I could totally see myself using one of these. Trying to think of logical reasons of why
I would actually ever need a foldable phone though. It would probably mostly be just watching
movies and YouTube since, you know, I spend a lot of time on YouTube. This Flexi-boy can watch videos in full screen
mode while the phone is folded. And it can also watch full screen videos in
the unfolded mode. Honestly, pretty darn cool. A company called Asurion did a study one time
and found that people check their phones on average about 80 times a day. And judging by the amount of people I see
texting and driving, I believe that number. Royole says on their website that this phone
is good for over 200,000 folds. So if we're unfolding this FlexPai 80 times
a day, under perfect conditions of course, this phone would last almost 7 whole years. That's pretty fantastic considering that the
Galaxy fold lasted about 7 whole days.

Remember this thing is available to buy right
now for a cool $1,300 dollars. Let's see what we get for that. Inside the box we get a SIM card removal tool
and a microfiber cloth, some USB-C braided headphones, and a USB-C power cable, and a
branded power brick. There's no case or screen protectors inside
the box. That's interesting. Now that we know everything is working properly,
let's start with the scratch test. Knowing what we know about the laws of physics,
it's pretty safe to say that the screen is not going to be made from glass, since glass
is glass and glass does not bend.

The surface of the FlexPai has to be made
from a flexible optically clear plastic. The hardness level of that plastic though
is up for debate. In this particular case we see that the level
2 pick leaves no marks on the screen. But the level 3 pick, as it's applied to the
surface of the flattened phone, starts leaving indented grooves all along the whole surface
of the display. This is why there were warnings when I first
turned on the phone.

The FlexPai gets permanently damaged at a
very soft Mohs level 3. This is the main reason having a screen on
the outside of the fold is a bad idea. When it's in your pocket, both sides of the
screen are rubbing up against the sides of your pocket. And again, when it's folded on a table, one
screen side will always be touching something hard. There is no safe zone. Watch as my fingernail can also damage the
screen permanently.

This thing is going to get pretty wrecked
with every day use – especially since screen protectors are not allowed. Samsung's implementation of having the screen
fold up inside the phone is hypothetically the better of the two methods since the closed
fold protects the plastic screen. But, you know, their phone also only lasted
a week. So you win some, and you lose some. Checking out the top of the FlexPai, moving
from the plastic layer up to the top panel, there's a definite ridge.

And that panel is made from glass. My razor is doing no damage to the surface
of that at least. The internal magnet is also pulling my razor
all over the place. Even holding up my pry tool with its own magical
magnetic strength. It's super strong. Probably because that hinge won't let the
phone stay closed without it. A little trick I learned from Marquez with
this magnet paper. We can see the large rectangular magnet right
dead center inside the glass panel. We can also see the two bottom loud speakers
in the center of each half. And over there in the bottom corner is the
vibration motor, also made from magnets.

There's another large rectangular magnet on
the other side of the phone that will keep things shut. Pretty darn cool. We'll take a look at the insides of the FlexPai
during the teardown…you know, if it survives the rest of this durability test. There is a dual tone LED flash alongside the
dual camera lenses. A 16 megapixel normal camera is paired up
with a 20 megapixel telephoto camera. No complaints here. Having multiple cameras that offer different
perspectives is really the way to go. That's one of the things I'm looking forward
to when I finally upgrade my personal Galaxy S8 Plus. With so many sides to analyze, this might
take a minute. The bottom right quadrant has a loudspeaker
grill. The bottom has the power button, volume up
button, fingerprint scanner, and the volume down button, in that exact order. The fingerprint scanner chilling here in the
middle is in a weird spot, but I'm not judging.

Even after scratching up the surface of the
scanner, it was still able to read and recognize my fingerprint nearly every single time. The bottom left quadrant has a whole lot of
nothing…except more metal. The hinge portion is where things start to
get interesting, and we'll talk more about this in a second. But Royole has literally trademarked the name
Cicada Wing as the name for this thing. True story: a cicada is a super gross bug,
and I have no idea why in the world they would choose that to brand their phone with. I give Apple a hard time about a lot of things,
but at least they don't name their phone parts after bugs. The rubber portion has little air pockets
in it to allow the flexing between the hinge segments.

The rubber wrinkles sit over the little voids
in the hinge…kind of like when Grandma pulls your cheek. It's all kinds of squishy. The top left quadrant has more metal, along
with a USB-C charging port and a SIM card tray. It's really nice of Royole to include an SD
card slot. Adding movies and media to the large screen
will be super easy. The top of the phone has more metal and a
few plastic antenna lines. Honestly, the more I see, the more I like. It's a really super fun phone. Checking the back panels where we would normally
see glass, this Flexi-boy has large plastic rectangles. The phone is heavy enough that initially I
thought the panels were made of glass, but it is not.

My razor blade's making short work of the
surface which is actually really good news for us because now I get to tell you more
about this vial little cicada bug that Royole is so proudly naming their phone after. No, I don't care about most bugs…they don't
bother me, I don't bother them. But cicadas are in a realm all of their own.

These cousins of crickets swarm out of ground
every 13 years. Then they shed their crunchy potato chip skin
like a snake, grow wings on either side of their body, and then cicadas make an incredibly
loud incessant noise by vibrating membranes on their abdomen. [Cicada sounds] That's more annoying than
any sound I've ever made. Then the cicadas go lay their eggs in tree
branches, which kills the branch, making it fall to the ground where the baby bugs can
crawl out into the ground and wait for another 13 years before they can pop out and start
the whole process all over again. This is a true story. The cicada wings are slightly separated from
one another like the folds of this phone, so I can kind of see why they're named after
each other. But still…gross. The bug should be burned. Nailed that transition. The 7.8 inch 1920 x 1440 flexible display
lasted about 5 seconds under the heat from my flame. The screen is so thin there's no insulating
layer over the pixels to absorb the heat like we see on glass phones.

The flame directly burns the pixels, literally
destroying them to the point of no return in 5 seconds. Makes me wonder if impacts or pressure points
might do the same to individual pixels, especially since if the folded phone accidentally drops,
no matter how it falls, it's going to hit the screen area. It'll be interesting to see how this phone
progresses into the wild as more people own it. Now it's time for the bend test. When bending from the front, we get a nice
uniform fold along the center of the device, with a satisfying click at the end as the
magnets latch together. The screen still rotates to face whatever
side is active at the moment. Opening the phone up, we see no permanent
kinks or cracks in the frame, thankfully, or this would be pretty awkward since that's
the way the phone's supposed to bend. Alright, here's a few more times now, and
you know, just from the front because I'm kind of legit nervous and I feel pretty bad
about what might happen next.

I've been curious if a tight pants pocket
might be able to collapse or crush the folded phone since it has the large gap in the frame. It's kind of just asking for trouble. With a full palm grip and 100% effort trying
to crush the phone single handedly – nothing happens. The hinge is intact and the phone is still
totally operational. The hardware is going to be uncrushable by
the pocket of your skinny jeans. My fingers do not hurt the pixels either,
so I'm glad for that. But what happens if the phone is laid flat
and grandma sits on it? Well, to be honest, it actually flexes quite
a bit in the wrong direction with no damage. Going from the flat 180 degrees all the way
to a 270 degree three-quarter circle before the hinge finally snapped in half, breaking
at two points. But the phone itself is still turned on and
functional, even after bending in the complete opposite and wrong direction. The FlexPai swings both ways. Even with that crack in the hinge, it still
folds shut normally. And then when bending back out the wrong direction
again, we can see how paper thin the display really is.

Royole is currently putting the same display
technology on t-shirts and hats for about $900 each. I do think we gotta be honest here for a second. This thing is lasting a lot longer than we
all thought it would. Look how tight this fold gets. Flexible screen technology is pretty amazing. I can literally bend this FlexPai any way
I want and it's still functioning. My mind is blown. I don't even really know what to do with myself
right now. This thing survived longer than the iPad Pro. Thumbs up for that.

Royole might have just single-handedly made
my bend test irrelevant with this invincible foldable display…well, until this happened
anyway. One wrong fold at an angle pinched the screen
in a way that finally cracked it right down the center. Apparently the display can only be folded
along one plane, which makes sense. The structure of the phone hinge got demolished
in the first bend, so there wasn't anything there to support the screen from behind. The large gentle curve of that hinge made
each folding movement easier on the screen. Even though we've seen the display can handle
much tighter creases, having that gentle fold I'm sure preserves longevity.

That one long crack along the center finally
did kill the touch sensitivity of the phone as well. But either way, the Royole FlexPai put up
a really good fight and I'm downright impressed. I'm a huge fan of this new flexible innovation. Even now in the beginning stages, where it's
not totally useful, I think that with normal use, the FlexPai will probably last for quite
a while. It almost even won this round. And even though the phone ended up dead, I
think we should have a moment of silence for the world's first foldable phone. [Cicada sounds] Do you see yourself using a foldable phone
in the future? Also, should we perform an autopsy on the
FlexPai to see the insides? Let me know down in the comments. Hit that subscribe button if you haven't already. Come hang out with me on Instagram and Twitter. Thanks a ton for watching. I'll see you around..

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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip Durability Test – Fake Folding Glass?!

Samsung just released a new folding phone with a bolt claim that it has revolutionary flexible glass like it says here on their website we'll be putting that to the test today this is the Samsung Z flip or the flips depending on how you open the box it does come with a case one for each half of the phone kind of nice Samsung says this is a statement smartphone for people who want to stand out a phone that demands attention and I'd have to agree the ability to fold your phone in half is genuinely crazy and by crazy I mean crazy awesome we can now have a full sized phone and a compact design that takes up half the space the future is amazing it's time for a durability test let's go I mean let's get started [Music] [Applause] [Music] starting off pay very close attention to this first warning and remember it it says avoid pressing hard on the screen or the front camera lens tap the screen lightly to keep it safe Samsung said at their launch event that they've done the impossible and created ultra-thin glass that folds this glass can be folded over 200,000 times Samsung said when you fold it you're not just bending glass you're bending the laws of physics but that warning included on the phone isn't as confidence inducing as Samsung's launch event attempted to be it does feel nice though this type of fold is definitely my favorite so far I like having a phone that folds instead of having a tablet that folds there are two things I noticed right off the bat with the Z flip one is the crease here still along the center not a big deal there's also a small divot in the display above the front-facing camera lens you can see the curve of my lights along with the bend of the surface of that display the Samsung logo along the spine gets entirely covered up when the phone is open this new hinge design apparently has thin brushes inside to keep out dust we'll test that later there's also no screen lifting off the frame like we saw on the Motorola RAZR which probably makes this design much safer and more long-term there is a bit of a gap between the two halves of the phone when it's closed also fine and it makes sense because if the screen really is glass we can't have glass clacking against glass every time the phone gets closed that just wouldn't end well speaking of things not ending well it's time to see if this material really is glass or not I've been doing the same durability test on every major new smartphone since the galaxy s6 came out five years ago it is an expensive hobby yes but I think it's fairly useful in finding out what your phone is made from and how well it'll handle everyday life plastic as we know scratches at level two or three real glass would scratch it a five or six and sapphire would scratch at an eight or nine right under diamonds which are level ten as my first most pick touches the display of the galaxy Z flip we can see marks start to appear this is rather unfortunate continuing onward we can see deeper grooves happening at a level three this is exactly how a plastic screen would react exactly like we saw in the Galaxy fold the Motorola RAZR and basically every other plastic screen smartphone ever made for kicks and giggles we can bump it up to a level four and I could physically feel the tip of the pic start to cut the display surface open so why in the world would Samsung talk about flexible glass so much on their website and at the launch of it it could be that they are using a hybrid plastic polymer with little specks of glass ingredients inside and then just you know calling a glass but that doesn't really seem like a very nice thing to be doing if a company says glass their customers will think of a hard clear material that has excellent scratch resistance from a durability perspective that scratch resistance is the primary reason that glass is used on basically every smartphone display Samsung is calling this glass but this display clearly doesn't have the scratch resistance or structural benefits that customers are expecting from glass if glass isn't glass then truth doesn't matter and truth should matter this isn't American politics Samsung is currently the number one smartphone manufacturer in the world and we shouldn't be calling this screen glass when clearly my fingernail is leaving marks on the surface over and over I'm not sure what Samsung's thinking over there but we clearly have scratches at levels two three four and fingernail I don't know what material this is but Samsung definitely shouldn't be calling it glass and I'm disappointed even if I jump up here to the front facing ten megapixel selfie camera the surface is covered in that same so-called glass material and can still be scratched with my fingernail I'll come back to this again in just a second the raised screen bump around the edge of the screen is made from plastic this is the same thing we saw in the Galaxy fold this guy kind of holds the screen in place and keeps people from peeling off the top layer [Music] the volume rocker is made from metal the recessed power button here on the side is stretchable I'll set my finger print and see if it still works don't mind my thumb by the way I smashed it with a TV a few weeks ago now the phone is still able to be unlocked even though the fingerprint scanner is damaged but to test it some more I added some more scratches and after the additional scratches are in place my fingerprints stopped working interesting the frame of the galaxy z flip is made from metal and down here along the bottom you have more metal alongside the singular loudspeaker the USBC port and you know the no headphone jack the whole frame of the phone seems to be made from metal which is a good thing and will hopefully keep the phone together during the bin test later there are a few plastic antenna lines and a removable SIM card tray but no expandable memory the center hinge mechanism is made from metal which that Samsung logo recessed into the spine each of the tiny letters is made from a piece of shiny foil that is glued inside the cavity these will probably never fall out on their own but it's interesting to see what the Z flip is made from the rear panels are made from glass both the top and the bottom sections this mirror purple is kind of growing on me it gradually switches between purple and blue depending on how the light is shining on it there are two cameras on the back a 12 megapixel ultra wide-angle camera and they 12 megapixel normal camera both covered in real scratch resistant glass I think the fingerprints are getting a bit out of hand though thanks to our channel sponsored D brand for hooking me up with the limited edition robot camo each of these fingerprint fighting skins are totally unique no two phones will be the same and the individual drawings are super intricate and are currently available for every phone that D brand covers not just the galaxy Z flip I got one added to the back of the grip case for my note 10 plus since the grip case has the cutout for skins and can be swapped out whenever kind of fun I'll leave a link down in the description if you want to pick up some robot camo or a case for your own phone one cool thing about the folds is that has the world's tiniest viewfinder for selfie taking I can double click the power button and it lets me see myself and take a cute little pic thumbs up for that will perform the world's smallest scratch test on it and moving up through Mohs scale of hardness we can see that pics 1 through 5 don't leave any marks like we would expect we only see scratches starting at a level 6 with deeper grooves at a level 7 which is the scratch resistance we expect from anything with the word glass in the name anything that scratches earlier should not be called glass even if the Z flip displayed does hypothetically have glass ingredients in it we shouldn't be calling it glass unless it has the properties of glass I can't go make a pile of mud sprinkle in some chocolate chips and then call my mudda cookie just because it has some of the ingredients of a cookie that shouldn't be allowed but then display lasted about 15 seconds under the heat from my lighter when I pulled the flame away there were burn marks still left on the screen and it did not recover one really interesting thing though if you watch again is that you can physically see the screen change shape as the heat from my lighter heats it up plastic of course is affected by the temperature of my lighter glass however would not be physically affected in the same way as the surface cools down the shape of the screen returns to normal let's start with the slam shut test you know if you get a little aggressive with hanging up on someone after a phone call and you smash the phone closed we got to see if the phone survives it does have the physical raised bumpers all along the outer edge of the screen those bumpers are absorbing most of the slamming force and the screen is still in one piece of course the phone is meant to fold inwards Samsung said it was survived 200 thousand times which is a hundred eighty two times a day and if you plan on keeping your phone for three years bending back the opposite direction though is a different story with the first flex we get a small separation of the frame near the antenna line and the top half bumper started coming loose but the screen of the Z flip is still entirely intact and in one piece they still shuts and opens with no grinding of the hinge we'll try it again you can see the back panels of the phone meet in the center providing more support to keep the phone from bending backwards and the phone hinge does a really good job of keeping the phone shape for the most part only on our third bin did we finally hear a snap from the frame near that power button and even then the so-called glass screen of the Z flip is still intact folding screens are pretty resilient even though the phone doesn't really shut quite right anymore it's physically withstanding quite a bit more abuse than I initially thought it could only now after all its previous bins and cracks does the back panel shatter it's only a cosmetic wound since the display is still working just fine and this is good to know all the important things are still functional you might be asking hey Jerry what if there is a super thin layer of glass on top of the display if that were true we would start to see fractures and cracks from that nano layer but instead we only see the tip of my most pics cutting into the plastic like we would see with any piece of plastic that gets cut the screen is in no way scratch resistant whatsoever and if poked hard enough the pixels will still get damaged it does survive my bin test however and everything is still functional this is certainly the most durable folding phone we've seen yet Samsung did say that they designed this new hinge with little tiny fibers inside or little brushes to keep out dust and dirt from the folding bits it'll be awesome to see what this looks like from the inside during the teardown so make sure you're subscribed to that after pouring my rocks on the screen and making sure they cover the entire phone just like it would if you dropped it when you accidentally go outside initially I could hear a few little complaints of the dust inside the hinge [Music] but after blowing all the dust off those complaints mostly went away this new hinge design might actually be the start to something really good but the real danger of calling something glass means that people will think they have the protection of glass when that clearly is not the case glass distributes pressure along the whole phone while this plastic allows that pressure to get in and damage pixels you can see that each pressure point for my pick kills the line of pixels directly above it this would not happen if the screen were glass and it's dangerous to let people walk around with that false sense of security like Samsung gives them when they call it glass and that's not all each of these puncture wounds does let air get inside the sealed OLED layers which kills even more pixels a puncture or cut in the plastic screen is a cancer that will eventually spread across the whole display yeah I sound a bit apocalyptic but it's important to know what your phone is capable of and what might damage it so remember the Samsung Z flip does not have a true glass screen and it's still very fragile that being said it's also still pretty awesome Samsung should just correct their verbage let me know what you think of Samsung's verbage down in the comments if you enjoyed this durability test come check out my last video we monitored a wheelchair to go on a safari in Africa it turned out pretty cool coming out with me on Instagram and Twitter and thanks a ton for watching I'll see you around

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