Corning claims that the Gorilla Glass SR+ offers up to 25 per cent better surface reflection and 70 per cent better damage resistance (Source: Corning)
Corning has announced Gorilla Glass SR+ for wearable devices. The company claims that this new glass design will significantly reduce visible scratches while maintaining optical clarity, toughness, and touch sensitivity.
Corning claims that Gorilla Glass SR+ has demonstrated superior scratch resistance in lab tests, and also provides up to 25 per cent better surface reflection and 70 per cent better damage resistance. Improvements in optical performance capability of the glass will also enable an increase in battery life and 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,” he added.
Samsung Gear S2 smartwatch that was launched in 2015 features a Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3 display. Corning’s Gorilla Glass SR+ will be commercially available for smartwatch models offered by most leading brands later this year.
Corning’s Gorilla Glass has featured on more than 4.5 billion mobile devices worldwide. The company introduced Gorilla Glass 5 last month, which provides further protection against screen breaks from everyday drops. Corning claims that the Gorilla Glass 5 was able to survive 80 per cent of the times when dropped face-down from a height of 1.6 meters on a rough surface.
Corning Gorilla Glass 5 is commercially available and is expected to be on product models from leading global brands later this year.