The best-kept secrets are ones that have been in our phones for months, it seems. After all’s been said and done in our full review of the Samsung Galaxy Alpha, we’re now just learning some details about one crucial component, the display. Corning, makers of the Gorilla Glass line of products, has thrown us a curveball today, letting us know about the Samsung Galaxy Alpha Gorilla Glass 4 employment for the cover glass has gone unnoticed until now.
The glass is just 0.4 millimeters thin, allowing for the premium, thin look Samsung went for with the Alpha smartphone. The Gorilla Glass 4 also adds additional protection from the elements and is resistant to all sorts of damage – Gorilla Glass 4 was built from the core by Corning to avoid exactly these sorts of things.
Corning’s general manager Cliff Hund had this to add, citing Gorilla Glass 4’s incredibly thin profile: “Device makers want to go thinner without sacrificing damage resistance. Samsung is not only meeting these requirements, but is on the cutting edge of smartphone design. The Galaxy ALPHA is the culmination of our close collaboration with Samsung.”
Because of this revelation, it’s possible that the Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy A3, and Galaxy A5 have also made use of the same glass, but that’s pure speculation until we hear official word from either Samsung or Corning.
Update: Corning’s website mentions that the Galaxy Note 4 has this Gorilla Glass 4 too. Thanks to the commenter who brought this to our attention!