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Gorilla Glass 3 Put to the Test

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Now even tougher.

Corning teased a Gorilla Glass 3 announcement just before CES, and at the show we were able to capture a live demo of the new surface material.

New for this third generation of Gorilla Glass is something Corning calls "Native Damage Resistance," which provides improved durability to withstand deep scratches and cracks in the glass. Corning says that, compared to its previous offerings, Gorilla Glass 3 provides enhanced scratch resistance, reduced scratch visibility, and better retained strength once a scratch occurs.

Check out the demo we caught from the CES show floor:

Corning Gorilla Glass 3 CES2013

 

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    phatboe , January 15, 2013 4:12 PM
    I was hoping he was going say that big screen TV had GG3 and was going to bash that TV with a bat.
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    SchizoFrog , January 15, 2013 3:50 PM
    house70Flexible screens technology will render this obsolete.

    I disagree. Flexi screens may be better when it comes to breaking but they will be very susceptible to scratches and marks.
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    coupe , January 15, 2013 3:57 PM
    Not the most exciting part of technology, but amazing nonetheless.
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  • 21 Hide
    SchizoFrog , January 15, 2013 3:50 PM
    house70Flexible screens technology will render this obsolete.

    I disagree. Flexi screens may be better when it comes to breaking but they will be very susceptible to scratches and marks.
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    coupe , January 15, 2013 3:57 PM
    Not the most exciting part of technology, but amazing nonetheless.
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    dark_knight33 , January 15, 2013 4:09 PM
    Flexible screens won't work as well for larger devices.

    It's nice to see real innovation in a tech market that isn't being hampered by endless patent disputes. The glass has come a long way, and I look forward to never needing a screen protector again.
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    phatboe , January 15, 2013 4:12 PM
    I was hoping he was going say that big screen TV had GG3 and was going to bash that TV with a bat.
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    halcyon , January 15, 2013 4:15 PM
    I'd so rather have GG3 on my device than a flexible display...the more scratch/blemish/damage-proof the better. However, maybe GG4 or 5 will be both flexible and strong.
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    d_kuhn , January 15, 2013 4:18 PM
    I'e got nearly 2 years on my iPhone 4, it's got a few digs/scratches on the back but the front is still pristine - and I don't use a protector (I got the thing because it's small and light, adding a bulky enclousure would have defeate the purpose). I'm now upgrading to a Razr Maxx HD... hopefully that holds up as well.
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    whiteodian , January 15, 2013 4:23 PM
    If only they could keep it from shattering when you drop your phone. Hasn't happened to me yet (knock on wood), but I know people that it does. I agree with the others who point out that the flexible screen will not be durable at all as far as scratching etc. A really good phone idea would be to design it so the glass part of the screen could be easily removed for replacement. Just order a glass piece for your phone $19.99 or something. Take out a few screws. Remove bezel. Remove damaged glass. Insert new glass and replace pieces.
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    halcyon , January 15, 2013 4:25 PM
    Quote:
    I'e got nearly 2 years on my iPhone 4, it's got a few digs/scratches on the back but the front is still pristine - and I don't use a protector (I got the thing because it's small and light, adding a bulky enclousure would have defeate the purpose). I'm now upgrading to a Razr Maxx HD... hopefully that holds up as well.

    I was going to ask why the Razor Maxx HD as opposed to an S3 or Note II but yeah, the Maxx HD should be more durable, especially since you don't like cases. You could go with an S3 and a full-body Zach Invisible Shield.
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    TeraMedia , January 15, 2013 4:49 PM
    Wow - transparent aluminum! Well, alumina-silicate, anyway. It's amusing to think that every patent Apple might ever file has already been demonstrated on Star Trek.
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    sacre , January 15, 2013 5:04 PM
    What type of aluminum is that? He claims its used on Planes, but planes use 2024 T3 aluminum at around 32 thousands of an inch. That stuff is strong and would never be bent by a ball rolling into it at 30 degrees, i work with the stuff every day.

    So yes, "Aluminum" is used on aircrafts, but they are aluminum alloys that are strengthened. Not some tinfoil crap shit that these guys used.

    Now idiots will roam around and go "OMG its stronger than what they use on planes!!!"
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    SchizoFrog , January 15, 2013 5:12 PM
    Can I just say that Flexi screens don't mean that all phones will be bendy, it just means that the screen will be flexible and won't crack, break or shatter upon impact if dropped.
    However, this does not mean that damage won't affect the phone's housing or other internal components.
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    SteelCity1981 , January 15, 2013 6:58 PM
    if gorilla glass can stop a bullet i'm sold. lol
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    d_kuhn , January 15, 2013 7:17 PM
    halcyonI was going to ask why the Razor Maxx HD as opposed to an S3 or Note II but yeah, the Maxx HD should be more durable, especially since you don't like cases. You could go with an S3 and a full-body Zach Invisible Shield.


    I like the battery too, willing to trade a bit in other areas to get it. By all reports it's a good choice, no phone is perfect but I currently have to plug in my iPhone WAY too often, and so I decided to go to the Maxx HD instead of the iPhone 5. I also like that it's a bit smaller than the S3 (bro has one, feels too big to me).
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    jisamaniac , January 15, 2013 7:29 PM
    phatboeI was hoping he was going say that big screen TV had GG3 and was going to bash that TV with a bat.


    That would have made my day!
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    robochump , January 15, 2013 8:16 PM
    dark_knight33Flexible screens won't work as well for larger devices. It's nice to see real innovation in a tech market that isn't being hampered by endless patent disputes. The glass has come a long way, and I look forward to never needing a screen protector again.


    Yeah, though still room to make us believers with larger devices. For now I can see flexible screens for watches and perhaps wearable tech like caps with a flex screen in front? Just some ideas ;) 
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    liquidchild , January 15, 2013 9:33 PM
    Why is everyone talking about flexible screens? How bout no screens. You can't break an hologram.
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    halcyon , January 15, 2013 11:27 PM
    d_kuhnI like the battery too, willing to trade a bit in other areas to get it. By all reports it's a good choice, no phone is perfect but I currently have to plug in my iPhone WAY too often, and so I decided to go to the Maxx HD instead of the iPhone 5. I also like that it's a bit smaller than the S3 ...(bro has one, feels too big to me).

    ...yeah but with the S3 you get to choose what battery capacity works for you. ...but if the S3's little screen (I have really adjusted to the Note II) is bigger than you desire. The Razor Maxx is not a bad device but I'm sold on swappable batteries.
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    d_kuhn , January 15, 2013 11:59 PM
    screen size doesn't bother me... I was perfectly happy with my iPhone 4 screen. I travel a lot, have the thing in my pocket or to my ear a lot, and I didn't want a phone that looked like I was holding an iPad to my ear (maybe I'm exaggerating just a bit). I carried the S3 around for a while... just too big and clunky for me. I really don't understand the obsession with big phones, give me the same resolution in a small phone and I'm happy.
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    CaedenV , January 16, 2013 2:45 AM
    whiteodianIf only they could keep it from shattering when you drop your phone. Hasn't happened to me yet (knock on wood), but I know people that it does. I agree with the others who point out that the flexible screen will not be durable at all as far as scratching etc. A really good phone idea would be to design it so the glass part of the screen could be easily removed for replacement. Just order a glass piece for your phone $19.99 or something. Take out a few screws. Remove bezel. Remove damaged glass. Insert new glass and replace pieces.

    the problem is reflectivity. Air gaps create reflective surfaces, so to avoid this manufacturers literally laminate, tape, or embed the screen to the glass. This process makes it so that when the glass breaks, the screen does as well, and that whole glass/filter/screen assembly costs a bit more than $20
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