Hands On with Corning's 3D Gorilla Glass
Corning has made a name for itself in phone display parts with its Gorilla Glass product, currently the gold standard in durable displays. A new process allows Corning to bend the glass into almost any shape, allowing Gorilla Glass to be used in phones with exotic designs.
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Most phones today have glass fronts that suit their capacitive touch screens. The standard design is a perfectly flat sheet of black glass, which is a large part of what makes all smartphones look so similar these days. The glass is therefore a major limitation for phone designers trying to make their phone stand out.
Some phones have added a slight curve to the edge of the glass. Examples include Samsung's Galaxy S III and the HTC One X. But they've achieved that effect by starting with a flat sheet of glass and just shaving it down a tad. It's an effect that's nice to touch, but does little to change the look and overall design of the phone.
Corning's new 3D Gorilla Glass gives manufacturers freedom to bend the glass completely around the edges of the phone, permitted dramatic new designs. The process maintains all of Gorilla Glass' durable properties.
Just handling the prototype glass made me pine for the gorgeous phones it begs to grace. If you thought unibody metal phones were sexy, wait until you touch that kind of design in glass. We can't wait to see this in some sexy new phones in 2014.
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