Corning to Buy Samsung's Stake from LCD Venture
Corning today announced that it has agreed to purchase Samsung's stake in an LCD joint venture the two companies have operated together since 1995. Samsung owns about 43% of Samsung Corning Precision Materials, which makes LCD panels for televisions, laptops, and mobile phones. Corning will also buy out the stakes owned by other minority holders to take full control of the joint venture. Under the terms of the agreement, Corning has agreed to supply Samsung with its glass LCD panels for a period of 10 years. Corning makes Gorilla Glass for mobile devices, which is resistant to breakage. The companies expect the deal to close during the first quarter of 2014.
Micro-LED Backlights Could Bring OLED Performance to LCD Screens
AT CES this week, Rohinni demonstrated its micro-LED technology, and provided a glimpse at new backlight technology it's working on for the LCD display panels used in phones. While most LED chips are around 1mm, Rohinni's micro-LEDs are many times smaller and can be placed precisely on thin, flexible plastic sheets.
Corning Gorilla Glass SR+ Targets Wearables
Corning this week announced Gorilla Glass SR+, a scratch resistant glass intended for smartwatches and other wearables. Corning says Gorilla Glass SR+ is strong and provides the same optical clarity and touch sensitivity of its normal glass while also boosting resistance to impact damage by 70%.
ZTE ZMax Phablet Coming To T-Mobile
ZTE today announced the ZMax, a large-screen phone exclusive to T-Mobile in the U.S. The ZMax has a 5.7-inch HD screen, Corning Gorilla Glass 3, 8-megapixel camera with flash, 1.6-megapixel front camera, large 3400 mAh battery, and runs Android 4.4.
Samsung's Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge Tout Metal and Glass Designs
Samsung today announced the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, two Android smartphones that marry high-quality design with leading specs. The devices are made with a mix of metal and glass materials, with the GS6 Edge offering a curved display on two sides.