Corning hints germaphobic low-reflectance Gorilla Glass is in the labs
Corning is at the Computex expo in Taipei, touting its thin and tough Gorilla Glass 3, which you can find in the Galaxy S4, for instance. David R Velasquez, the director of marketing and commercial operations for Gorilla Glass. sat down for an interview, and this little ge(r)m slipped out at the end:
Today's best oleophobic coatings are already pretty good at bringing screen smudges to a minimum while operating them with your fingers, and we can't say we've ever been worried about the germs on our touchscreens, as that's why we have an immune system, but the "reflections" part certainly piqued our interest.
We know that the outside visibility of a smartphone, especially in direct sunlight, is highly dependent on two factors - the screen's brightness, and almost as equally on the screen's reflection ratio. The less light it reflects back to our eyes, the more visible the screen remains, and it is especially true with the annoying "mirror reflections".
Samsung is pretty good at coating their AMOLED displays to achieve very low screen reflectance percentages, as they are not very luminant to begin with, but also Apple, and Nokia with its ClearBlack filter are scoring at the top here. If Corning has found a way to make its tough glass with even lower reflectivity, we'd say that a new era of outdoor visibility might be upon us when this thing is released to market, as it is one of the main complaints about mobile screens in general.