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