Galaxy Tab

Corning, the manufacturers of Gorilla Glass (as well as dishes that even I can't break), has announced that they will be supplying Samsung with Gorilla Glass for the Galaxy Tab.  This is great news, as seven inches of glass is bound to get bumped, scraped, and otherwise abused in everyday use, and having the ultra-tough Gorilla Glass screen will certainly help keep things looking nice and staying scratch free.  Samsung already uses Gorilla Glass for their Galaxy S series of phones, and we've seen that it sure can take a beating.  Read Corning's press release after the break.

Corning Supplies Gorilla® Glass for
Samsung’s New GALAXY Tab Smart Media Device

State-of-the-art Glass Technology Completes the Best of Display Products

CORNING, N.Y., October 04, 2010 – Corning Incorporated (NYSE: GLW) announced today that Corning® Gorilla® glass has been designed into the Samsung Electronics GALAXY Tab, a newly released smart media device.

The Samsung GALAXY Tab was announced on Sept. 2 at the Internationale Funkausstellung Berlin (IFA), consumer electronics show held in Berlin, Germany. The Galaxy Tab features a seven-inch portable screen, video calling, full-web browsing functions, and is powered by Android 2.2. The durable, thin display and sleek design of the GALAXY Tab is enabled in part by using Corning Gorilla glass as a cover glass. Continuing a tradition of more than 150 years of innovation in materials science and technology, Corning Gorilla glass is an environmentally friendly alkali-aluminosilicate thin-sheet glass designed specifically to function as a cover glass for high-end display devices such as notebook PCs, televisions, and mobile phones.

B.J. Kang, senior manager of Product Planning of Samsung Electronics said, “The GALAXY Tab maximizes the joy of e-reading, web browsing, watching videos and movies, and listening to music while on the move. It has innovative functions and advanced characteristics in display, and Corning’s Gorilla glass has enabled GALAXY Tab to combine best-in-class technologies in mobility and toughness.”

“We are pleased that consumers recognize the benefits of Corning’s Gorilla glass in their IT products,” said Haeng Hee Lee, president of Corning Korea Company Ltd. “Consumers are enjoying IT display products with more durability through the application of Corning’s Gorilla glass. We strive to deliver new technologies that help our customers gain a competitive edge in the global market place.”

Corning Gorilla glass is currently designed into more than 225 mobile devices, and is an appealing solution for the emerging smart media device environment due to its scratch and damage resistance. Studies show that the portable computer market is projected to reach annual unit sales of more than 354 million by 2014. Emerging form factors such as slates, mobile internet devices and other smart media devices are projected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 40 percent over the same period and newer form factors will comprise up to 30 percent of the market’s overall volume. Most importantly, studies estimate that more than 90 percent of newer form factors will utilize a touch interface.

Forward-Looking and Cautionary Statements
This press release contains “forward-looking statements” (within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995), which are based on current expectations and assumptions about Corning’s financial results and business operations, that involve substantial risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially. These risks and uncertainties include: the effect of global political, economic and business conditions; conditions in the financial and credit markets; currency fluctuations; tax rates; product demand and industry capacity; competition; reliance on a concentrated customer base; manufacturing efficiencies; cost reductions; availability of critical components and materials; new product commercialization; pricing fluctuations and changes in the mix of sales between premium and non-premium products; new plant start-up or restructuring costs; possible disruption in commercial activities due to terrorist activity, armed conflict, political or financial instability, natural disasters, adverse weather conditions, or major health concerns; adequacy of insurance; equity company activities; acquisition and divestiture activities; the level of excess or obsolete inventory; the rate of technology change; the ability to enforce patents; product and components performance issues; retention of key personnel; stock price fluctuations; and adverse litigation or regulatory developments. These and other risk factors are detailed in Corning’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the day that they are made, and Corning undertakes no obligation to update them in light of new information or future events.

About Corning Incorporated
Corning Incorporated (www.corning.com) is the world leader in specialty glass and ceramics. Drawing on more than 150 years of materials science and process engineering knowledge, Corning creates and makes keystone components that enable high-technology systems for consumer electronics, mobile emissions control, telecommunications and life sciences. Our products include glass substrates for LCD televisions, computer monitors and laptops; ceramic substrates and filters for mobile emission control systems; optical fiber, cable, hardware & equipment for telecommunications networks; optical biosensors for drug discovery; and other advanced optics and specialty glass solutions for a number of industries including semiconductor, aerospace, defense, astronomy and metrology. 

 
There are 18 comments

cheburashka says:

Cool! :)

durthquake says:

Sweet!

Have you seen the videos of gorilla glass getting all kinds of scratches on the captivate and iphone 4? Look them up on youtube, it sucks that I have to buy a screen protector for my fascinate.

Ferman07 says:

Hey cpuking,
This article does say that Samsung uses Gorilla glass on all of its Galaxy S phones so the Fascinate should be rocking the Gorilla glass.

oakmeal says:

The iPhone 4, and with that any device that Apple makes does not utilize Gorilla Glass.

19mitch79 says:

Scratch free?!?! Should I send pics of my droid x screen after a few days without a screen protector? What about my friends iphone 3g and 4? how about my ipod touch? I would struggle to even call these screens scratch resistant.

cea1203 says:

yeah please do?? how did you scratch that screen ?? I have had mine for 2 months , not a mark on it and I have dropped my X twice ? and I constantly rub it against my shirts to clean the screen of fingerprints, not a mark on it ??

dwt10 says:

droid x has gorilla glass <3

BKirby says:

Gorilla glass doesn't seem that its all its "cracked" up to be. I have a vibrant that cracked across the screen from simple use... not dropping it or abuse. Tmobile and samsung refuse to replace or stand behind the claims of durability of the glass. Gorilla glass SUCKS!!!! And so does tmobile's customer service!

Joelist says:

Meanwhile my DINC has been abused since the day I got it and it shiny and scratch free.

lancelot916 says:

Well I have my samsung epic 4g and it was in my pocket (slacks) the other day and nothing else was in there. now i have a 1cm scratch that won't go away. i dont even know how it got scratched. it's been naked for a month now. argh

gerardo says:

I have a Vibrant that is used and fairly abused... Give you and idea, I go through 3 batteries a day. I'm mostly in the street and use a lot of public transportation in NYC ? NJ. It has fallen a few times to the point the back cover and the battery fly away, it shares my pocket with my ligther, keys...you can imagnine.... I just wipe it with a cloth and it looks like new... 2 months of use now!

cea1203 says:

Anyone know how much we are all going to be raped for this slab ??

Im wondering the exact same thing. Theyre announcing everything about this tab except the US price. Thats all we're waiting for... Just do it. If its overpriced then say it samsung!!!

kubernetes says:

I'm rather dubious any time I read accounts of "I never touched the screen and I kept it safe in a padded waterproof lockbox the whole time, and now it's got a scratch on it!!!" Yes, the mythical glass-scratching fairy must have visited you last night.

I'm not sure if Gorilla Glass is really better than anything else out there, but I have no complaints.

318sugarhill says:

I don't know, I love my Dinc, but I still think I'd rather have an Ipad. I like the browser better on my Dinc, but the itunes market has more to offer right now than the android market. Plus, it has apps already tailored for the ipad that differs from the iphone/ipad. I just don't see a use for either one yet really. If I could edit/create word documents on it, then I'd be more inclined to think of it, but right now, I think the new ipad coming still beats this out. Maybe in a few years, but not today.

Also, I don't understand how they are going to charge for service. I would buy just the wifi version and use the mobile hotspot on my phone. Same thing as paying $20 for the date (going by ATT pricing on ipad) OR, you could just root the thing and use wifi tethering and save the $20.

toddjy says:

I wish Android Central would leave me logged in. I never have to relog into Engadget.

So how come they haven't done on article about the supposed leaked price on Sprint. It's a fairly fair $599 off contract.

Check your cookie settings. And we'll report on a price when it's more than a "Somebody told us" rumor.