Galaxy Z Fold 3 Screen S Pen DamageSource: Nick Sutrich / Android Central

What you need to know

  • Samsung's new PET screen protector is rated to be 80% stronger than the previous-generation foldable screen protector.
  • Too much pressure from a rigid object can still damage the screen, including the Fold-compatible S Pen or even a fingernail.
  • The screen protector seems to iron out these indentations over time, but there's no guarantee it will go back to the way it was.

With the announcement of the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and the Z Flip 3, Samsung unveiled a new pre-installed polyethylene terephthalate (PET) screen protector that's rated to be 80% stronger than the one included on its previous-generation foldable phones. Furthermore, Samsung even included the ability to use two special S Pen models on the Fold 3's larger screen. That larger screen has proven to be significantly more durable than the one on the Fold 2 but, as you can see above, it's not impervious to damage from the S Pen or a fingernail.

The circular scribbles you see engraved into the screen protector in the image above were caused by trying to clean some stuck particles off of a portion of the screen with a fingernail. We've also noticed that pressing too hard with the S Pen can cause slight indentations in the screen if held for too long. Even though the special Fold-compatible S Pen models are designed to retract the tip when too much pressure is applied, it doesn't mean you should go out of your way to try it.

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Interestingly, the grooves made in the screen protector seem to have lessened over time. We've reached out to Samsung to find out if this is the result of any self-healing properties that the new PET screen protector may have.

While it may seem initially alarming, it's worth noting that it took a specific kind of pressure to create these indentations rather than regular use. In comparison, the screen protector that came pre-installed on the Galaxy Z Fold 2 and the Galaxy Z Flip 5G was a much softer plastic that was easily scratched with a fingernail during regular use; something many Fold 2 owners recognized and dared to replace with something better.

To make a long story short, normal ues of the Galaxy Z Fold 3's larger screen shouldn't cause any issues, but you should still do your best to baby it. After all, getting the screen repaired isn't a cheap venture.

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