The new glass was announced at an investor meeting on Friday by Corning executive James Clappin. It will go on sale later this year.
"We told you last year that sapphire was great for scratch performance but didn't fare well when dropped," said Clappin, president of Corning Glass Technologies. "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 working hard to ensure that its customers don't switch to sapphire crystal. Apple, its most important customer, nearly made the switch; however, its deal with GT Advanced to produce the sapphire crystal material came to disastrous end after the company filed for bankruptcy.
The near hit to its business spurred Corning to secretly work on a display cover that's both highly damage-resistant and scratch-resistant, bringing together the strengths of Gorilla Glass and sapphire crystal.
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