For years, smartphones have used Corning Gorilla Glass as their screen protection method of choice. After all, nothing has actually come close to it in 12 years, ever since it debuted on the original iPhone in 2007. It strikes the perfect balance between scratch resistance, flexibility, and drop resistance, and this is even truer than ever in its 6th iteration. However, it doesn’t really need to be a smartphone-exclusive thing, as Corning wants to branch outside of the smartphone market as well. Now, Corning has announced their all-new glass substrate, Corning Astra Glass.
Astra Glass is, for lack of a better word, a variant of Gorilla Glass designed around bigger displays, such as high-performance tablets, laptops, and high-res TVs. It’s specifically made to effectively protect high-resolution panels without taking a hit in resolution or pixel density: it’s actually engineered around 8K displays, so it should do a good job in this regard. According to Ham Yim, a Corning executive, they’ve learned what users need after years of close collaboration with users to “bring 8K resolution to larger devices and sets – low total pitch variation, low total thickness variation, and low sag”.
Astra Glass should be able to provide the same resistance and advantages that Gorilla Glass has on phones, including the same scratch resistance and shock resistance, while not hindering high-resolution or high-performance displays in the process. According to Corning, Astra Glass is set to join Corning’s portfolio of glass substrates, together with Gorilla Glass and Lotus NXT Glass, their solution for flexible OLEDs.
So far, though, we don’t know which devices exactly are set to launch with Corning’s new Astra Glass solution. We know it’s made for TVs, tablets, laptops, and other larger devices, but it shouldn’t be long before we start seeing devices launch with Astra Glass. The concept sounds exciting, and we can’t wait to know more about it.
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