After launching Gorilla Glass 5 for smartphones earlier this year, Corning is now turning its attention to the wearable segment with Gorilla Glass SR+. Corning started developing a product under "Project Phire" last year, aiming to come up with a glass substrate that was as durable as Gorilla Glass 4 and as scratch resistant as sapphire, which is used in traditional luxury watches. Gorilla Glass SR+ is the culmination of those efforts.

Corning Gorilla Glass SR+

According to Corning, Gorilla Glass SR+ "significantly reduces visible scratches while delivering the toughness, optical clarity and touch sensitivity that make Gorilla Glass famous." The manufacturer is touting scratch resistance comparable to sapphire, while delivering 70% better damage resistance against tumbles and 25% better surface reflection. With the new glass substrate, Corning will be looking to entice watchmakers away from sapphire displays to its more affordable solution.

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Corning didn't reveal any specifics, but said that wearables with Gorilla Glass SR+ will be available from "leading brands" later this year. With new smartwatches expected at IFA later this week, we should be hearing more in the coming days and weeks.