Just a month after introducing Gorilla Glass 5 for smartphones, Corning today has introduced Gorilla Glass SR+, its new cover glass for smartwatches. In 2015, Corning announced “Project Phire,” which was said to be its efforts to create a material for wearables that combines the durability of Gorilla Glass with the scratch-resistance level of sapphire. A year later, we have Gorilla Glass SR+ and it’s ready to hit the market now…
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Corning says that Gorilla Glass SR+ is an entirely new glass composite that, like teased, combines the toughness, optical clarity, and touch sensitivity of Gorilla Glass with the “superior scratch resistance approaching that of luxury watch cover materials.”
According to the company, Gorilla Glass SR+ delivers 70 percent better damage resistance than alternative display cover materials. Additionally, Corning’s offering is said to offer improved optical performance that lends itself to longer battery life and improved readability in situations like direct sunlight thanks to 25 percent better surface reflection.
While it remains to be seen which companies will adopt Gorilla Glass SR+, the product is commercially available now and is expected to be on consumer devices from “leading global brands later this year.”
Currently, the Apple Watch uses Ion-X glass for the Sport variants and sapphire glass on the stainless steel and Edition offerings. It remains to be seen if Corning’s Gorilla Glass SR+ product is significantly better than Apple’s current offering. As we’ve pointed out in the past, though, sapphire Watch displays are still prone to cracks, so perhaps the combination of sapphire and Gorilla Glass will offer improvement.
Nevertheless, we’ll have to wait and see if Apple adopts Gorilla Glass SR+ with the Apple Watch. Apple’s agreement with Corning has been interesting throughout the life of the iPhone. The two companies are said to have an agreement that does not allow Corning to list Apple or the iPhone on its website, though they are working together and Gorilla Glass 5 seems destined for the upcoming new iPhones.
Breakthrough glass composite delivers an unparalleled combination of toughness, scratch resistance and optical clarity for today’s wearable devices
CORNING, N.Y., August 30, 2016 — Corning Incorporated (NYSE:GLW) today announced its groundbreaking innovation – Corning® Gorilla® Glass SR+. Specifically designed for wearable devices, this new glass composite significantly reduces visible scratches while delivering the toughness, optical clarity and touch sensitivity that make Gorilla Glass famous.
With rigorous daily activity, consumers put their wearable devices to the test, leaving them exposed to damage. To overcome the challenges facing the screens on these devices, Corning scientists developed a new glass composite engineered to better endure the bumps, knocks and scrapes wearables encounter while maintaining the optical clarity and touch sensitivity required for on-the-go connectivity.
In a league of its own In lab tests, Corning Gorilla Glass SR+ demonstrated superior scratch resistance approaching that of alternative luxury cover materials, while delivering up to 70 percent better damage resistance against impacts and 25 percent better surface reflection than those alternative materials. Such step improvements in optical performance enable longer battery life and improved outdoor readability.
“In early 2015, Corning launched Project Phire with the goal of engineering glass-based solutions with the scratch resistance approaching luxury cover materials, combined with the superior damage resistance of Gorilla Glass,” said Scott Forester, director, innovation products, Corning Gorilla Glass. “Corning Gorilla Glass SR+ delivers a superior combination of properties that is not available in any other material today – it is in a class of its own.”
Leveraging its strengths in glass science and fusion manufacturing, Corning leads the cover glass industry it created nearly 10 years ago. Corning Gorilla Glass has been used on more than 4.5 billion devices worldwide, including more than 1,800 product models across 40 major brands. With the introduction of Corning Gorilla Glass SR+, the one company that has been innovating with glass for 165 years offers manufacturers of wearable devices a clear alternative to luxury cover materials.
Corning Gorilla Glass SR+ is commercially available and is expected to be on product models from leading global brands later this year.
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