Originally Posted by IndecisiveMe
Thanks for that, it seems it can withstand a fair bit of knocking about, then.
The screen has a glass pane underneath.
A piece of glass can be very strong and damage resistant. A typical glass pane can withstand surprising amount of force or shock. But if you hit it "wrong way" even a relatively small shock can cause a crack.
a Prince Rupert's Drop is a nice - even if highly exaggerated - demonstration on how strong and how weak at the same time a piece of glass can be.
Very nice video
At the moment all e-ink screens have glass substrate. We have been waiting AGES for plastic based e-ink screens to enter the production.
We were told they should start production of plastic substrate 9.7 inch screens Real Soon Now (TM)
But do not hold your breath, it will be quite a long time before plastic based 5 and 6 inch screen start to be manufactured.