It looks like displays on future Android phones are about to get a whole lot more resistant to scratches. Corning announced today that it is working on a new type of glass for screens that is almost as scratch-resistant as sapphire displays (such as that on the Kyocera Brigadier, pictured above), while retaining the durability of its Gorilla Glass.
The announcement came during an investor meeting today, and was reported originally by CNET:
"We told you last year that sapphire was great for scratch performance but didn't fare well when dropped," Clappin, president of Corning Glass Technologies, told the crowd at the event. "So, we created a product that offers the same superior damage resistance and drop performance of Gorilla Glass 4 with scratch resistance that approaches sapphire."
Corning is currently using the term "Project Phire" for the new glass, and plans to get it out to phone manufacturers sometime later this year. However, it may be quite the wait, as even Corning's latest Gorilla Glass 4 is still relatively hard to find outside of a few devices, such as the Samsung Galaxy Alpha and Note 4.
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