Corning develops Gorilla Glass SR+ solution for tougher next-gen wearables
While it’s recently had to face unusual criticism for Gorilla Glass 5’s apparent scratch vulnerability on the otherwise tough as nails Samsung Galaxy Note 7, Corning remains the clear leader of the cover glass industry it single-handedly established almost a decade ago.
But keeping more than 4.5 billion devices worldwide, including over 1,800 product models across 40 “major” brands, protected against scrapes and shocks isn’t enough for the New York-based “innovator in materials science”, which is now looking to take over the wearable landscape in addition to smartphones, tablets and laptops.
Gorilla Glass SR+ purportedly approaches the scratch resistance of alternative luxury cover materials sometimes used on today’s premium smartwatches, while improving the damage resistance against impacts of said “alternative materials” by up to 70 percent, and surface reflection by 25 percent.
Ergo, not only should wearable products shielded by Gorilla Glass SR+ be able to better keep up with your tumultuous, often clumsy on-the-go life, but also easily squeeze out longer battery life and enhanced outdoor readability.
This is the long-awaited result of an early 2015-initiated R&D undertaking dubbed Project Phire, with the end goal of delivering a “superior combination of properties not available in any other material today” finally fulfilled, as Corning believes Gorilla Glass SR+ is in a “class of its own.”
The next wave of Snapdragon Wear 2100-powered smartwatches could leverage the breakthrough glass composite’s many benefits, although we have no actual names of product models from “leading global brands” expected to bring it to stores “later this year.”