According to Gadgets360, the low-priced version of Samsung’s folding screen phone, the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip Lite, may be released next year. As a Twitter blogger Ross Young said, the new phones may use an ultra-thin glass panels (UTG). There have been rumors that Samsung is working on developing UTG flexible glass to reduce production costs.
Samsung’s first-generation folding screen smartphone uses a polymer resin screen. It can easily cause scratches when folded inward. The subsequent versions use flexible glass, which greatly improves durability. Once Samsung overcomes cheap ultra-thin glass technology, folding screen phones will truly move from concept phones to practical.
Samsung currently has two folding screen phones on sale. The Galaxy Z Flip starts at RMB 7,999 ($1215) and the Galaxy Fold 2 starts at RMB 16,999 ($2582). Both products are available in 5G versions, using the Snapdragon 865 + processor. If the new Samsung Galaxy Z Flip Lite can significantly reduce the price, folding screen phones will be taken into consideration.
As GizChina explains, ‘UTG stands for Ultra-Thin Glass technology that Samsung introduced with the original Galaxy Fold. If that’s really the case, then it is safe to assume that we will only see UTG panels on Samsung’s foldable device even if we’re looking at the affordable or Lite offering. Of course, that can change if the company ends up revealing something new. In fact, Samsung is also working on making the UTG panels at a lower price tag so that it can launch affordable devices such as Flip Lite.’