A thorough Corning demo of Gorilla Glass with anti-reflective coating shows what the future holds for smartphones

A thorough Corning demo of Gorilla Glass with anti-reflective coating shows what the future holds for smartphones
With summer right around the corner, many of you will soon come to the sad conclusion that not all smartphone displays were created equal. Indeed, even today, we continue coming across modern devices that prove absolutely unsuitable for use under direct sunlight, and some even struggle in an overcast day.

So why is that? In a nutshell, a phone's level of usability in the great outdoors is usually defined by a relationship between brightness and screen reflectivity. I.e. the higher the peak brightness, and the lower the screen reflectivity, the easier you'll make out your display -- even under direct sunlight. Unfortunately, most devices either have low peak brightness or high reflectivity, and quite a few suffer from both. Thankfully, it appears that Corning is close to delivering a fix that should, in time, at least partially alleviate this issue.

We first reported on Corning's efforts on producing Gorilla Glass with anti-reflective coating a year ago, but it seems like the company is now finally close to getting those on the market, or at least confident enough to demo its new product to the press. In the below, three-and-a-half-minute long demo, you can see just how much of a difference a possible future Gorilla Glass 4 could make. Apparently, the company's prototype reflects just 1% of incident light (most solutions currently sit at around the 5% mark), which is getting pretty close to the physical limit. Take a look.


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22 Comments

1. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

True innovation.....

2. hipnotika

Posts: 353; Member since: Mar 06, 2013

now girls couldnt use mobilephone like a mirror :D hahaha

4. vincelongman

Posts: 5585; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

front camera?

5. g2a5b0e unregistered

Front cam.

12. tenho1982

Posts: 68; Member since: Dec 29, 2013

They could do a switch: mirror mode vs non-mirror mode :))

16. UglyFrank

Posts: 2188; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Looks like it is prepped for the iPad Air 2

20. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

apple is probably being stupid and making their own sapphire screens.

3. Ishmeet

Posts: 111; Member since: Sep 16, 2013

Probably breaking records for least reflective panels? Will be waiting for a day when I can read my phone's screen in direct sun as clearly as a piece of printed paper.

15. josephnero

Posts: 773; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

Sony white magic display with 1000 nit brightness with this. Damn

6. Scott93274

Posts: 6021; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

From fingerprint scanners, to eye tracking & vitality sensors... they're all "neat" things that you can do with specific phones, but don't really improve the user's experience, this on the other hand... This would be a selling feature to me, I hate struggling to see my display on bright sunny days and I don't think I'd choose a phone without this. It could also potentially improve battery life (Though not by much) as I wouldn't need to raise the brightness level of the screen to compensate for the terrible reflections in brightly lit areas.

7. Kuroki

Posts: 180; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

They always advertise how strong their glass are...then it shatters with a little drop

8. Scott93274

Posts: 6021; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I've yet to break an any of my Android phones, despite numerous drops...

17. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

Same with my iPhones. I know not everyone has had that luck but I've been lucky thus far.

11. tenho1982

Posts: 68; Member since: Dec 29, 2013

They didn't say it's unbreakable though.

9. cnpthe3rd

Posts: 103; Member since: Feb 01, 2009

thy needed to coat the tablet they used in the video, there is a huge reflection or the right side you cant even see whats going on in his presintation video

10. tenho1982

Posts: 68; Member since: Dec 29, 2013

Wow. Can Apple's *unannounced* new, "hard-to-copy" screen technology beat this?

13. Scott93274

Posts: 6021; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I would pick this over a sapphire display in a heartbeat.

19. imMature

Posts: 87; Member since: Sep 04, 2013

Well it's a coating. Maybe the producer of that Sapphire display is gonna borrow the tech from Corning? That'd be really sweet!

21. Scott93274

Posts: 6021; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I suppose that is actually possible... though I have my doubts about sapphire glass as well. I'm going to have to wait and see some actual drop tests... and I'm also excited to see if it will blend! lol!!!

14. Gadgety

Posts: 173; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

Amazing. I want it.

18. alpinejason

Posts: 262; Member since: Sep 06, 2011

hell i would be happy if they could just make a display that would not break the 1st time you drop the phone face down.gorilla glass is without a doubt overly hyped.sorry just telling it like it is

22. tenho1982

Posts: 68; Member since: Dec 29, 2013

Correct me if I'm wrong but Gorilla glass screens are the best in the smart phone world right now!

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