Corning Gorilla Glass 5 for smartphones was released just a month ago. Now Corning has announced Gorilla Glass SR+, a display protector for smartwatches. Back in 2015, Corning announced Project Phire where they were trying to create something for wearables that’ll combine the durability of Gorilla Glass with the scratch-resistance level of sapphire.
According to the company, the Gorilla Glass SR+ is an entirely new glass composite that combines the optical clarity, toughness, and touch sensitivity of Gorilla Glass with the “superior scratch resistance approaching that of luxury watch cover materials.”
Corning says the Gorilla Glass SR+ delivers 70 percent better damage resistance than alternative display cover materials. Additionally, the glass offers improved optical performance that offers long battery life and improved readability in direct sunlight due to 25% better surface reflection.
“In early 2015, Corning launched Project Phire with the goal of engineering glass-based solutions with the scratch resistance approaching luxury cover materials, combined with the superior damage resistance of Gorilla Glass,” said Scott Forester, director, innovation products, Corning Gorilla Glass. “Corning Gorilla Glass SR+ delivers a superior combination of properties that is not available in any other material today – it is in a class of its own.”
Gorilla Glass products have been used in the iPhone and the iPad for several years as Corning has been a long-time Apple Supplier. Presently Apple Watch uses Ion-X glass for the sapphire glass on the stainless steel and Edition and Sport variants. It remains unknown if the Glass SR+ is better than the current Apple Watch glass. Also, we have no idea if Apple will adopts Gorilla Glass SR+ with the Apple Watch.
The recently unveiled Gorilla Glass 5 can survive a 5-foot fall. The new Gorilla Glass focuses on coping with day-to-day wear and tear while reducing visible scratches.
Gorilla Glass SR+ is commercially available now, and Corning expects it to be incorporated into “leading global brands” by the end of the year.