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Corning's New Project Phire Glass Approaches the Scratch Resistance of Sapphire

Corning's New Project Phire Glass Approaches the Scratch Resistance of Sapphire

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Corning has announced the development of Project Phire glass, a Gorilla Glass-like composite which approaches the scratch resistance of sapphire, reports CNET.

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.

Hopefully we'll get more information and see some demonstrations of Project Phire in the near future. Please follow iClarified on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, or RSS for updates.

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Corning's New Project Phire Glass Approaches the Scratch Resistance of Sapphire

Yikes - February 7, 2015 at 11:29pm
I'll believe it when I see it. I haven't seen a pure sapphire screen and I haven't seen a phire screen either. So BS to both.
PaladinLV - February 7, 2015 at 6:48pm
"Approaching" is a generalist term which holds absolutely no value in the real world. If something was ZERO and now it is ONE it is approaching TEN.
Marketing - February 7, 2015 at 5:50pm
Corning announce but it's not proving's just marketing...
NoGoodNick - February 7, 2015 at 5:17pm
And thankfully, Corning knows how to handle budgeting and upscaling, so when they get a huge contract, they don't stumble over their own feet. Here's hoping Corning succeeds where GT Sapphire failed spectacularly.
Yazavac - February 7, 2015 at 1:38pm
iPhone 6 is s**t regarding scratches, honestly I dont see any spectacular improvement over iPhone 3G. Mine is 2 monts old and it is full of those small lines on the screen, none of them is deep but they can be seen when the screen is off.
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