A woman putting A Samsung Z Flip in her pocket

A foldable phone is an efficient and stylish choice. It becomes smaller size when closed which allows it to fit more snugly into your bag or pocket. Foldable phones manage to take up less space without compromising on screen size. 

There are two kinds of fold-up smartphones within Samsung’s flagship Z range: the Galaxy Flip and the Galaxy Fold. Samsung Galaxy Flip phones have horizontal hinges that allow you to neatly fold them up into four-inch squares, perfect for tiny pockets and purses. Samsung Fold phones have book-style vertical hinges that let you unfold your smartphone to reveal a large tablet-sized screen.

Both of these smartphones can bend without breaking thanks to Corning® Gorilla® Glass Victus®, which allows you to open and close the phone repeatedly without so much as a single crack.

But how does that sort of glass endure on a second-hand fold screen? Once a smartphone has gone through the refurbishing process, does it still maintain its strength?

If you have your eyes on a refurbished Samsung Z Flip or Fold, there are lots of models you can choose from, each with its own features and benefits. Yet they have some common advantages like long battery lives, excellent cameras and speedy graphics.


What is the Samsung Z Series?


Samsung, unsurprisingly, makes some of the best foldable smartphones on the planet, with the Z Flip and Z Fold managing to grow in leaps and bounds in a relatively short space of time. The first Galaxy Fold was only launched in February 2019, and a host of problems led to the company having to relaunch several months later. The first Galaxy Fold pioneered the book-style appearance that the Fold is now famous for with a 7.5-inch inner AMOLED display.

In 2020, Samsung launched both the Galaxy Z series and the second Galaxy Fold, which it called the Galaxy Z Fold 2. As part of the new developments, Samsung made a stronger hinge for the Z Fold 2 that allowed the phone to stand up at any angle.

In 2020, Samsung also released the clamshell-style Z Flip. The Z Flip had a 6.7-inch FHD+ AMOLED display you could fold up and tuck away, plus a smaller one-inch panel on the outside for keeping up with notifications.

In the years since then, Samsung has continued to refine its approach to both the Z Fold and the Z Flip in order to consistently produce high-quality smartphones. They followed the Z Fold and Z Flip with the lighter, thinner Fold3 and Flip3 and made improvements to battery, performance, specs, etc. The addition of an S Pen stylus (which is always popular) took these foldable phones to the next level. Since then, the new releases have included the Samsung Z Fold4 and Z Flip4 and Galaxy Z Fold5 and Z Flip5, each model getting faster and more powerful.

Now that a few years have passed since the launch of Samsung’s first foldable, most of these models are available second-hand. When a professional refurbishes your smartphone, they make sure every little part of it is still fully functional. A refurbished Samsung Z’s folding glass holds up just as well as the glass on a newer model. 


How Does the Samsung Z Series Folding Screen Work?

A Samsung Z Fold half bent on a wooden bench.

The folding screens on Samsung’s Z series phones are expertly designed and highly engineered for your convenience, with a focus on the future. A bespoke spine or hinge sits between the two halves of your phone, allowing you to open and close it with ease. These halves never touch due to a tiny gap between both sides of the phone. You can also use the hinge to hold your Samsung Z series phone open at different angles, e.g. to take selfies or record videos.


Almost all recent Samsung folding phones have an IPX8 water-resistance rating that ensures your phone is protected in 1.5-metre deep water for up to 30 minutes.


For a second-hand fold screen to fulfil its function and protect your phone so well, you’d assume it would have to be made of some very strong material. And it is. 


What is the Samsung Z Series Screen Made Of?


A refurbished Samsung Z Flip or Fold is made from ultra-thin Corning® Gorilla® Glass Victus®2. The toughest form of Gorilla® glass to date, its exceptional flexibility comes from its exceptionally thin design. This glass has been tested to make sure it can survive drops onto hard surfaces from up to two metres, so you don’t have to worry about scratches or bumps being your smartphone’s downfall.


Second-hand fold screens maintain this level of glass strength as long as you buy from a retailer that carries out the refurbishment process properly.


The Benefits of a Folding Screen


Whether they’re new or second-hand, folding screens come with a range of perks. Some of the biggest benefits of buying second-hand phones with folding screens (besides having a phone that’s like something you’d see in a sci-fi show) include:

Small phone, big screen

You can carry around a screen that’s large enough for any kind of activity, from streaming to gaming to editing, all on one pocket-sized phone.

Next-level multitasking

Open up your screen to its full size, and you can open several apps or programs at the same time and comfortably use them side by side.


Make the most of the limited space you have to work with by buying a foldable phone that’s light and easy to carry.

Split keyboard

Do you like being able to type with two hands? The split keyboard feature on foldable phones allows you to use your smartphone like a laptop keyboard.

Good for mindfulness

When you need a break from the news or your social media feed, it’s easy to close your phone for a while. Keep it out of sight, out of mind, until you feel the urge to check it again.


Foldable phones are built to withstand being folded and unfolded multiple times, so you know they’re tough. Having a screen that isn’t exposed to scratches can make for less wear and tear over time.


Where to Buy a Refurbished Samsung Z Phone

A Samsung Z Flip and Z Fold half bent inside a display box.

If you want to find a quality refurbished Samsung Z Flip or refurbished Samsung Z with folding glass that lasts, you can start here at OzMobiles. Our refurbished Samsung Galaxy Z series range includes the latest refurbished Samsung Z Flip 5, rated as the best foldable of its kind.


OzMobiles makes sure that every smartphone we sell is fully functional and works as it should. This includes the second hand fold screens, which we make sure are just as strong and just as flexible as the screens you’d find on new Samsung Z series models.


For more information about refurbished Samsung Z smartphones and how their second-hand fold screens hold up, get in touch with the team at OzMobiles.

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