Gorilla Glass 2

Pop quiz: What's new, thinner and still made of Gorillas? Gorilla Glass 2, of course. A few days ago we saw the announcment that Corning was bringing the well-named scratch-resistant glass back to CES thinner than ever -- while also keeping it just as structurally strong.

Android Central @ CES Sure, 20 percent thinner may not seem like a lot, but keeping the glass thinner is something that many manufacturers want for reasons such as enhanced color reproduction -- color isn't displayed oddly because of the screen, and believe it or not the thinner screen will also allow for more accurate touch sensativity. With their glass on more than 600 product models you would think that these guys know what they are doing, and that "thin is in" and Gorilla Glass 2 is going to be something we definitely look forward to. While adoption times will differ by manufacturer they do anticipate to see Gorilla Glass 2 replacing the original within the next six months.

Hit the break to check out our full interview with Corning.

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First look: Gorilla Glass 2 sheds 20% thickness but keeps all the strength


Personally I'd rather it be the same thickness and be stronger than be 20% thinner and the same strength. But that's just me and I'll take what I can get.

But what if the thinner film gives better visuals via color and more responsive touch?

We'd have to study their test, but maybe up to a certain point of thickness the strength doesn't make that marginal of a difference as compared to the color and touch response difference it gives.

That's pretty much engineering 101, you'll never get to see why the engineers choose or chose what they did but know that they run the results on a graph and optimize their selection as that is the whole point of engineering.

SOURCE: I engineer for the military and go through similar critiques leading to a detailed and technical explanation to my customer (the military) upon request.

I really wish the GNex had this. I decided to try it without a screen protector to see how it would hold up...the screen already has tiny scratches that I can see when I hold it in the light.

I'm not saying it does, but who's to say it doesn't? That could be the reason there was no name associated with the glass. The same thing happened with the EVO4G when it came out. Only months later did they admit GG.

You need to remember that GG scratches just as easily as regular glass when it comes into contact with certain things. Typically not keys and other metal, but any number of different things like sand and dust that are all around

I had a Bionic (with GG) for about two months before I exchanged it for the GNex, and there wasn't a mark on it when I returned it. About two weeks, and the GNex screen is already marked up. Could be a coincidence, but I doubt it.

I'm with njett, give me that 20% back and I'll take the 25% improvement in strength and durability.

If 20% less thickness gives 100% of the strength, then leaving the thickness as it was would have yielded 25% more strength.

Thickness of the glass has never been a problem for me.

But Wow, the bending demo was impressive.

But if it bends, does that not just allow it to pass impact thru to the digitizer below it, and the display below that?

Considering I can be a retard and drop my phone on a stone driveway, stare helplessly as it skips across rock after rock*, and have it come away unscathed (the screen mind you - the chassis looks like sh!t), I think Gorilla Glass is pretty much strong enough.

Bring on the thinness and responsiveness!

*Twice in a row. Not the best morning.