Corning announces the first smartphone that uses Gorilla Glass 4 - it's the Samsung Galaxy Alpha

Corning announces the first smartphone that uses Gorilla Glass 4 - it's the Samsung Galaxy Alpha
We're sure having a lucky day for announcements! After the ultra-thin Vivo X5 Max made the rounds, durable glass maker Corning revealed that it partnered with Samsung for the eponymous Galaxy Alpha smartphone. Thanks to their combined efforts, Sammy's iPhone challenger is the first smartphone whose screen is protected by Gorilla Glass 4, the latest and most resistant implementation of the technology. 

Its protection properties aside, Samsung relied upon it to make the Galaxy Alpha chassis a thin - if unimpressive at this point - 0.27in (7mm). The screen's front glass is just 0.016in (0.4mm) thin, which constitutes a fine toughness to slimness ratio.

Corning says Gorilla Glass 4 is its most damage-resistant cover glass to date, dramatically improving protection against damage from device drops. Corning reliability experts examined "hundreds of broken devices" to understand how and why cover glass breaks in actual use. Their findings say that damage caused by surface contact accounted for more than 70 percent of failures in the field. These efforts resulted in a new glass that's thinner, but tougher.

The Galaxy Alpha’s metal build and sleek profile, as well as its 4.7-inch screen size, position it as a direct rival to the Apple iPhone 6. Apart from the metal frame, the Alpha looks a lot like the Galaxy S5 in terms of design, and it too has a removable plastic back cover. The handset is powered by the Samsung's Exynos 5 chip that supports category 6 LTE data. The phone has 12-megapixel main camera that is capable of recording 4K Ultra HD video at 30 frames per second.

For more information on Gorilla Glass 4, check out Corning's video. Hmm, is it only attractive white women who drop their smartphones?

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Galaxy Alpha
  • Display 4.7" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 2.1 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 5 Octa, Octa-core, 1800 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 1860 mAh(11h 3G talk time)



1. SaintHelena

Posts: 397; Member since: Nov 05, 2014

At least Samsung use good glass, unlike the fruit company pricey product with bad quality.

13. EC112987

Posts: 1215; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

Not defending apple but I've seen many Samsung phones with cracked screens just as I see iPhone screens

23. GalaxyS5

Posts: 430; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

lol. my friends have iphones and I've had one few years ago when I thought it was the best thing. it took it a 2 ft fall for my iphone's screen to go all black and require changing plus the wifi and bluetooth went down too. next I've had a GS2 which fell a hundred times from my hand before selling it and getting a GS3 .. well yeah they all break .. I remember my ex couple of years ago got the iphone 5 and it fell from the hand of one of our friends who was fascinated when he saw it and wanted to "touch" the precious phone, well it fell and the screen was easily cracked .. ask anyone who has a samsung or a sony or a nokia how many times their phones have taken a hit and survived it .. yes they all break and I have broken my GS3's screen but man it took an unbelievable scenario to do so .. and my GS5 took hundreds and yes i mean it hundreds of fall since I bought it maybe 6 months ago and still runs like nothing happened .. and hey, I've seen teenagers throwing galaxy youngs just for the fun of breaking the phone and laugh how it did not ..

17. KonaStang4.6

Posts: 285; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Butthurt ? Geeze...

21. kevinlee0670

Posts: 3; Member since: Dec 11, 2014

The glass is just 0.4 millimeters thin, allowing for the premium, thin look Samsung went for with the Alpha smartphone..

2. sipha

Posts: 440; Member since: May 12, 2012

wait, do they mean like has the galaxy alpha had the GG4 all along?? Or like starting on, going forward it will??

4. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Pretty sure its for the new upcoming shipments of alpha, gorilla glass 4 wasn't nowhere near ready in september when alpha lunched

6. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

What Alpha lunched? GG4... :P ;)

9. vincelongman

Posts: 5691; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Source? No offense... But how do you know GG4 was nowhere ready when the Alpha launched?

3. georgecm

Posts: 3; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Also Galaxy Note 4 uses GG4!

8. vincelongman

Posts: 5691; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Source? Corning only says the Alpha uses GG4 Wouldn't Corning mentioned the Note 4 as well? Maybe only the Alpha as production of GG4 only just started

28. DanPLC

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 15, 2014

Corning's Gorilla Glass site states the Note 4 comes with Gorilla Glass 4: corninggorillaglass DOT com/en/products-with-gorilla/samsung (sorry can't provide a link since I'm a new user)

5. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

But can it beat dragontrail glass? ;)

12. buccob

Posts: 2968; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

If dragontrail is the one used by Z3 an Z3Compact, then Gorilla Glass 4 can definitely beat it... I am still worried about getting a Z3 Compact for the self cracking glass issue alone.

15. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Wtf everyone always talks about these self cracking stuff on Sony. Heck my Z2 doesn't even have scratches despite heavy use. Same for my mom's Z3 Compact...

25. buccob

Posts: 2968; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

I am sure that no all phones suffer from this issue... but according to Sony's forums, XDA and other sources the issue IS REAL... And like I told you in a different conversation, my luck with tech is not very good, I feel that if I get the device I will get a cracked screen easily among other problems... This might be true if I get any other device, but the I am afraid that the Z3 Compact does actually suffer from a bad glass design/material. Hopefully your Z2 is as sturdy as my Acro S... this thing is like an old nokia...

26. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Yaa no problems with the Z2. Though actually the back glass cracked ;P But I mean it fell onto a hard stairs from pretty high and smacked through many stairs. I was kinda lucky that nothing else happened :(

14. MrTzr unregistered

Well, it was not hard for me to crack my Z2's screen lol. But besides that, it was already full of scratches because of normal use.

16. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Wtf? Again am I the only one with a working product Wtf xDDD

7. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Gorilla Glass FTW. Good job Sammy, Alpha is most spectacular smartphone yet along with Note 4.

10. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

Is there a reason that the writer needed to insert iphone into the article? Its not a "challenger" to an iphone. Its a niche device and not the flagship S5, nicer design materials or not.

18. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

Every phone these days is a challenger to the iPhone.

24. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Sure it is. It's a pretty pimped out phone. Sure the GS5 has waterproofing, a huge battery, and micro Sd card slot. But the iPhone doesn't have any of that either and the Alpha is 32gb of storage at its lowest. This is a perfect example of double standards. The Alpha somehow needs to match the GS5 spec for spec to be considered a flagship yet the iPhone 6 doesn't? What?!

11. ishan.heru

Posts: 69; Member since: Aug 31, 2014

it makes me think what NOKIA 3310 uses for its display or infact for the entire phone :)

19. manav

Posts: 4; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

when her mobile drops after puttin goorilla glass 4 i think she experience an orgasm

20. robertkoa

Posts: 88; Member since: Apr 27, 2014

As a fan and possible buyer of either Alpha or Z3 Compact, I noticed and mentioned that Alpha feels like a much more rugged Device than Z3 C and more rugged than other Samsung phones-no idea it had GG 4 . Hope they do a full Flagship 4.7" Device in 2015 along with Note 5, S6 ..... I really like Alpha but wish it was wound up instead of down, some say it's the same Camera Sensor as S5, purposely down to 12 megapixels.... So they surprised us with the GG 4 and announced it late- now if they just announce there is a secret SD Card slot under the battery....

22. kevinlee0670

Posts: 3; Member since: Dec 11, 2014

Samsung Announced earlier this year, the Galaxy Alpha is the first Galaxy phone to come with a metal chassis, giving it Samsung’s long sought after “premium” look. It’s thin at 6.7mm, and light at 115 grams. The 720p, Super AMOLED screen measures 4.7-inches, and Samsung’s own octa-core Exynos processor powers the device.

27. kevin91202

Posts: 642; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

"...Is it only attractive white women who drop their smartphones?" -Luis D. (PA) Attractive? Luckly for us, that's only your opinion. She's not attractive at all...

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