Corning Gorilla Glass SR+ is a tough, scratch-resistant material for smartwatches and wearables


Corning, maker of the famous Gorilla Glass that protects the screens of most smartphones currently on the market, today announced Gorilla Glass SR+. Presented as a "groundbreaking innovation", Gorilla Glass SR+ is a new glass composite designed for wearable devices.

According to Corning, its new glass delivers "superior scratch resistance approaching that of alternative luxury cover materials" - we assume that the company is talking about sapphire here. Corning further notes that Gorilla Glass SR+ will offer up to 70% better damage resistance against impacts and about 25% better surface reflection than the aforementioned alternative materials. All in all, wearables seem to have a bright future when it comes to protection against scratches and drops.

Corning says that Gorilla Glass SR+ is now commercially available, with smartwatches and wearables featuring it expected to be launched sometime later this year. It will be interesting to see exactly what devices are going to use the new Gorilla Glass. Maybe the Apple Watch 2?

Gorilla Glass SR+ is Corning's second new glass of 2016, as it's announced not long after Gorilla Glass 5, which is already employed on the Samsung Galaxy Note 7.

Update: As you can see in the slideshow below, Corning is indeed presenting Gorilla Glass SR+ as a worthy alternative to sapphire. Color us intrigued.
 

sources: Corning, Press release

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13 Comments

1. techlover2017

Posts: 65; Member since: Aug 22, 2016

Which smartwatch is shown in this commercial ?

2. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Looks like Harambe's smartwatch...

3. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

LOL, RIP.

4. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

ok, I'm in..

5. Fona13A unregistered

Boko Harambe

6. cheetah2k

Posts: 2294; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Scratch resistant and Gorilla Glass in the same sentence? Bwahahahahaha!

7. lyndon420

Posts: 6868; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Wow...for a square display that looks really sharp. Must be the lack of toyish looking bezels.

9. Phonehex

Posts: 768; Member since: Feb 16, 2016

A layer of this SR+ on top of the GG5 would have been PERFECT for the Note 5 !!!

10. GJ...

Posts: 11; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

looks like the Gear S3 being announced tonight will have the SR+ .. Lets wait and see ..

11. B-power

Posts: 258; Member since: Feb 22, 2014

Harambewatch comfirmed!

12. Marslander

Posts: 160; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

That's great for wearables, but why aren't they implementing this glass for smartphones?? Too expensive?

13. Clars123

Posts: 1078; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

being harder, and more scratch resistant means being more brittle. They probably cant make them into large enough glass panes at a good enough rate without them cracking.

14. kevin91202

Posts: 642; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

GG5 should be marked below sodalime glass.

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