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Corning Unveils Gorilla Glass 2, Looks To Protect All Our Precious Phones

Well, we knew it was coming and here it is. Corning has officially announced the next generation in their widely popular protective glass, Gorilla Glass 2. The newer material allows for the same scratch resistant and damage prevention while reducing the thickness by 20 percent. This means slimmer devices, better colors and greater touch sensitivity on phones. Corning says that their new glass is already in the hands of manufacturers and that we should be seeing implementation of this upgraded glass “during the coming months.” 


With new glass composition, tough gets better – with device performance benefits for sophisticated user experiences

CORNING, N.Y., January 9, 2012 – Corning Incorporated (NYSE: GLW) introduces Corning®Gorilla®Glass 2, the next generation of the company’s widely accepted, damage-resistant cover glass for consumer electronic devices, at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week. The outstanding performance benefits of this new glass will be showcased through live demonstrations in the Corning booth, #12642 Central Hall, during show hours tomorrow, Jan. 10, through Friday, Jan. 13.

Corning Gorilla Glass 2 enables up to a 20 percent reduction in glass thickness, while maintaining the industry-leading damage resistance, toughness, and scratch resistance customers have come to expect from the world’s most widely deployed cover glass. The thinner Gorilla Glass 2 enables slimmer and sleeker devices, brighter images, and greater touch sensitivity. These benefits can provide electronics manufacturers with superior design flexibility as they address consumer demand for increasingly high-performing, touch-sensitive, and durable mobile devices.

Corning Gorilla Glass has enjoyed tremendous market adoption in the high-growth mobile handset and computing device market, providing a replacement for plastic and legacy soda-lime glass as a protective cover and elegant design solution,” saidJames R. Steiner, senior vice president and general manager, Corning Specialty Materials.

“We knew Corning Gorilla Glass could get even better. So, in response to our customers’ drive toward thinner form factors, we designed this new glass to enable meaningful reduction in thickness without sacrificing the outstanding glass performance for which Gorilla Glass has become highly recognized. This glass, along with Windows operating system innovations from Microsoft, will help deliver exceptional beauty, performance, and toughness for new Windows PCs. You will see this early this year with Windows-based PCs which we expect to be the first in-market laptops designed to leverage the performance of our new second-generation glass,” Steiner remarked.

“We’re very excited about the introduction of Corning’s thin, high-performing Gorilla Glass 2,” said Nick Parker, vice president, Worldwide OEM Marketing, Microsoft. “As Windows continues to bring new experiences to customers on new devices, we look to Corning to bring innovative, durable glass solutions that enable brighter images and greater touch sensitivity.”

Product qualification and design implementation for Corning Gorilla Glass 2 are underway with Corning’s global customers, a number of whom are expected to unveil new devices using Corning Gorilla Glass 2 during the coming months.

First introduced in 2007, Corning Gorilla Glass set the industry standard for damage-resistant cover glass. Today it is the most widely deployed cover glass, used by more than 30 major brands and designed into more than 575 product models, spanning more than 500 million units worldwide.

As one of the company’s fastest growing businesses, Corning Gorilla Glass is expected to reach more than $700 million in 2011 sales, nearly triple 2010 results.

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
CorningIncorporated (www.corning.com) is the world leader in specialty glass and ceramics. Drawing on more than 160 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.

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  • Protect ALL the phones!

    • Anonymous

      Making a meme now with your quote haha.

  • Anonymous

    I was really excited to hear v2 of gorilla glass… but I’m disappointed by this announcement. I rather it be 20% more scratch resistant than 20% thinner. 

    • justanobody

      i dont know about that, with a Zagg Invisible shield, properly installed, i have had 0 problems.  so yeah, 20% thinner, plus the relative thickness of an invisible shield, i think thinner=better!

      • Anonymous

        what’s the point of gorilla glass if you’re going to cover it? if it was more scratch resistant you wouldn’t need the zagg invisible shield and save $25.

        • No glass is 100% scratch resistant. Only diamond. So no matter how Corning advertise their product, GG will scratch. So if you truly love your devices you should always have a back up like a case and screen protector.  My GNex is wrapped in a full body zagg invisible shield covered with a hard shell case, with another layer of screen protector on top of the zagg screen protector and everything is topped off with a laminate cover.

  • I think the razor already had this but I could be really wrong.

  • Weebeethem

    But can I throw my phone off a balcony and not have the screen scratched or cracked? If so, then this is progression imo.

    • You will never know if you do not try.

    • Anonymous

      When you wrap yourself in it and throw yourself off the balcony, let us know if the glass cracks or not :)…

  • Michael Forte

    So is that all it is then, just thinner, or does it actually protect better?

    • Anonymous

      Did the first generation not protect well enough?

      • Michael Forte

        Well I thought it did. My OG Droid and Thunderbolt had GG and the screens were both in perfect condtion. Somehow my Bionic got a scratch on it though (that I still have no idea how it happened) so it could be better I’d say.

        • Anonymous

          I also have both the OG Droid and the Thunderbolt and neither one has a scratch; even after repeated drops of my OG. The aluminum case has obviously taken a beating but that glass is still like new.

        • Tony Allen

          My Bionic’s screen looks flawless still, as does my Incredible. Have shown off with keys and such to friends plenty of times.

      • Anonymous

        I want to be able to shoot my phone and have no marks on it afterwards.  I don’t think the previous generation glass did that.

        • Sirx

          Bull****!  I want to be able to stuff my phone into my gun, and shoot it at other people, and have no marks/gore on it afterwards!

          • I think shooting it at iPhones would be a better challenge, you can hit it from either side and it will break XD

    • Anonymous

      lol I read through that entire thing looking for what they did and that’s all I saw, 20% thinner.

      I’m glad to see them reduce the size, but no nano-molecule strengthening? 

      • Highwire

        Hey, if you suddenly became 20% thinner you’d mark that as an achievement/advancement would you not?

        • Anonymous

          Heh, I would.  I was mostly joking because the announcement was insanely long and all that I ended up seeing was 20% thinner.  The advancement is good, the insanely long press release, not so much. 

          • Highwire

            Ah, good point 🙂

        • Anonymous

          Yea people think of it as strong not to large. so i think more people were hoping for more protection.

    • Anonymous

      Same protection, just thinner. Makes for better phone designs when the screen isn’t in the way.