Corning known for its Gorilla glass displays has again outdone itself. It has revealed that they are developing a new protection glass called Project Phire, which will combine the Gorilla features with that of a sapphire protection and dramatically improves protection against cover glass damage during device drops.
Scratch resistance has always been an aim which all glass manufacturers have tried to achieve over the years, but none has come as close as Corning. iPhone, Amazon, Dell, HP, LG, Motorola and Samsung have been utilizing Corning scratch resistant displays in their devices since a long time. The Gorilla glass 4 will most likely be seen in the upcoming Samsung galaxy S6.
According to CNET, Corning executive James Clappin president of Corning Glass Technologies said that the new product offers Superior scratch-resistance along with damage resistance and drop performance of a Corning Gorilla Glass 4.
The new Gorilla glass 4 has been touted as being the toughest in the industry. According to tests done by Corning’s top scientists it withstood drops conducted on rough surfaces like jagged sidewalks, pavements and in simulated real world smartphone disasters up to 2X better than competitive glass designs. It has been manufactured using Corning’s proprietary fusion draw process leading to thinner and more durable glass while maintaining clarity.
Corning has been an expert in specialty glass, ceramics, and fiber optics. Its Gorilla Glass is currently used by 33 major brands, designed into more than 1,000 product models. Since its launch in 2007, Gorilla Glass has been featured in more than 3 billion devices.
These developments came after Apple, Corning’s long time major customer decided to move away from Gorilla glass usage to synthetic sapphire which is an extremely hard material and tied up with GT Advanced Technologies. Apple which so far hasn’t used the material for its phone plans on using sapphire for its upcoming Watch, which is expected to be out in April.
However, The Wall Street Journal recently reported on the failed partnership after GT Advanced Technology company for bankruptcy. GT it seems was too new to actually manufacture sapphire material itself and it didn’t have the time, money, or expertise to work out all the kinks.
Now the question is will Apple mend relations with Corning and adapt the highly resistant material it has to offer for its iPhone 7? Let’s wait and watch.