Corning unveils new tougher smartphone screens

Allan Swann
January 7, 2013

Corning has used CES 2013 to launch its newest version of its Gorilla Glass – the glass used in almost every single smartphone and tablet today.

Gorilla Glass is a chemically strengthened form of glass, and Corning says Gorilla Glass 3 will feature a completely new glass composition with durability enhancements. Although the details have not yet been revealed (there is a press conference later today, US time), expect similar levels of success for the company – it effectively has a monopoly on this marketplace since Steve Jobs approached Corning to develop the original iPhone screen back in 2007.

While it is nigh on impossible to get completely scratch proof glass, Corning is claiming that its new “Native Damage Resistance”  will bring a 40% reduction in the number of scratches a device’s screen, and a 50% boost in strength after the glass becomes flawed.

Corning’s Gorilla Glass had been sitting on the shelf since the 60s without a use, until smartphones and tablets went mainstream. Corning claims that Gorilla Glass has been used in more than 1 billion mobile devices since its launch. Expect this product to appear in the new iPads, iPhones and top-shelf android devices launching in 2013.


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