Lab-grown diamonds – the main material used to make Mirage Diamond Glass
Come 2019, we might see the release of the first phone to sport a diamond-strengthened screen.
The promising glass is named Mirage Diamond Glass and is made by Akhan Semiconductors – a company, specializing in developing and manufacturing nanocrystalline (made of miniscule crystal particles) based devices and materials. The company's CEO – Adam Khan, said the new glass will be stronger and harder than any other you've ever used. Mirage Diamond Glass is made of laboratory-grown diamonds and can be used in combination with with other screen-endurance technologies as well, such as Corning Gorilla Glass 3.
The material of choice for this promising project should come as no surprise, as the diamond, apart from being shiny and expensive, is also the most durable natural substance known to humans, so it makes sense using it to make this next-level, almost unbreakable screen. Current screen glass is made of a combination of aluminum, silicon and oxygen and then strengthened with the use of various chemical processes.
There are a couple of issues present before making the technology available for manufacturers. Currently, stress-tests have been taking place to ensure diamond is capable of transmitting electric signals, so touchscreen functionality is fully working and responsive, without any lag. Also, strength tests are performed to ensure the glass' durability. The company is also working on reducing glass' light reflection rate, so you don't need to pop-up brightness levels to the maximum. Last, but not least, comes the price tag. As you may have guessed, diamonds are far from cheap, so we expect the new technology to come on a higher priced smartphone at first, probably on a flagship.
Mirage Diamond Glass is currently being tested by device manufacturers, but their names are kept secret by Adam Khan. Regarding the availability of the upcoming glass, Khan said the company will work with one manufacturer from each given category, starting with a single smartphone and screen protector maker, and eventually expanding to other parts of the market.
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Gorilla Glass 3? How old, we are already at version 5!
posted on Feb 05, 2018, 11:18 AM 0
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actually, GG3 is better in scratch resistance than the later versions, they're just better in shatter resistance but not for scratches.
posted on Feb 05, 2018, 11:37 AM 3
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"It's a shame they took a step back in that category." They didn't necessarily take a step back on purpose, though... It's simply a side-effec: The more you increase durability of glass, the more prone it is to scratches, and the more you increase the scratch resistance of glass, the more vulnerable it becomes to shattering. Which means you'll either have a glass which is hard to break but easy to scratch, or glass which is hard to scratch but easy to brake... In essence, the latter versions of Gorilla Glass do focus more on anti-shattering at the expense of scratches.
posted on Feb 05, 2018, 2:08 PM 1
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I didn't say they did it on purpose. Regardless of that fact, it still happened & I still think it's a shame. I never used screen protectors prior to GG4 because I just didn't have to. Now I won't go without them after having multiple issues.
posted on Feb 05, 2018, 4:12 PM 0
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This is just a few nanometer thick diamond coating over glass. Diamond itself is scratch proof, not shatter proof, if I remember right it's even more fragile than glass. Also it's much more reflective than glass. So even with brightest screens, outdoor visibility will be poor.
posted on Feb 05, 2018, 11:43 AM 0
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Misleading info in this story. Diamond will be more scratch resistant, less shatter resistant. It will hardly be unbreakable as the story states. It'll be more breakable than any current display.
posted on Feb 05, 2018, 12:05 PM 0
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Assuming stronger, harder glass may be more scratch resistant, but easier to shatter. Then again, I've seen some cool things in recent years with knife steel that I'd thought I'd never see before (edge retention mixed w/ easiness to sharpen). Technology marches on. Unfortunately this will probably add major buckage $$ to smartphone cost.
posted on Feb 05, 2018, 8:42 PM 0
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Diamond should be cheap as hell. They are common. The De'Beers company is the ones that made diamonds seem rare and expensive. Sapphire is rarer than diamond. But we will never have cheap diamond because of this
posted on Feb 07, 2018, 6:21 AM 0
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