Corning Scratch Resistant Glass with Gorilla Durability in the Works

February 7, 2015, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

There are certainly no misgivings about the resilience and toughness Gorilla Glass has been offering all these years.

But our tech usage demands more than that. Scratch-resistance has been one daunting task ahead of all protection glass manufacturers and it seems like Corning is nearing the shore.

The last name in mobile display protection has revealed that they are developing a new protection glass called Project Phire, by blending Gorilla features with that of a sapphire protection. Corning executive James Clappin announced the new material during the New York investor meeting on Friday.


What it offers is superior scratch-resistance along with damage resistance and drop performance of a Corning Gorilla Glass 4. The company has also revealed that they are eyeing to launch the new material in the markets by this year. Reports are that their new material would be finding its place mostly on smartwatches.

Corning has been making a fortune ever since the launch of Gorilla Glasses, which have been guarding smartphone displays and rear panels. They have been offering protection to almost all smartphones and devices from vendors like Apple, Samsung, LG, and Motorola for being used in their smartphones, TVS, and other electronics.

However, reports were that Apple was drifting away from the Gorilla Glass usage, after their efforts with their own synthetic sapphire protection were gaining ground.

Although they are yet to induce sapphire protection yet on their smartphones, the upcoming Apple Watch will be featuring the same.

As of now, sapphire protection has been on a limited usage, for high end watches and just a handful of smartphones. However, that could change with the Project Phire, which can combine scratch-resistivity with durability, with an added offering of making it even thinner.

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