Samsung Galaxy S 4 demo: first phone with Gorilla Glass 3

We asked one of the Samsung reps at the grand unveiling of the Galaxy S 4 last night to sit down with us and make an overview of the phone from a sales person perspective, and one interesting fact slipped in the meantime.

The show floor representative confirms in the video below that the Galaxy S 4 will be the first phone to ship with Gorilla Glass 3 - Corning's latest toughened glass generation that got introduced earlier this year.

Gorilla Glass 3 is stronger and three times more scratch-resistant than Gorilla Glass 2. Corning also says that 40% fewer of the scratches that do occur will be visible to the naked eye, which seems to be confirmed with the scratch test of the Galaxy S III vs Galaxy S 4 you see above.

source: IT168

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Galaxy S4
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, Quad-core, 1900 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2600 mAh(17h 3G talk time)



1. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

haaa when will you switch to aluminum samsung? really fed up with the plastic, the software and the specs are great though. note : I'm not an apple fanboy, just saying the truth

3. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Maybe Samsung Galaxy S5 will have aluminium.

50. heyhi

Posts: 137; Member since: Feb 19, 2013

aluminum bends and saying that because i have a MacBook Pro...easily scratchs and one time, it felt from by bed and the frame around the monitor bent a little...i regreted a lot for not puting a case, that i think is made of Polycarbonate. See the irony?

54. HansP

Posts: 542; Member since: Oct 16, 2011

Yeah, I have seen a few horror examples on youtube of iPhone 5 owners who's been sitting down with their near $1000 phones, just to realise they have bent them. Don't trust the salesman of a company when they try to sell you a reason to buy their stuff. Aluminium does not equal quality and durability.


Posts: 28; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

I don't think so they will ever! They seem to love Polycarbonate! I would prefer Stainless-Steel over aluminium and sapphire glass instead of GC3!

20. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Honestly after toughing both phones in a case i can hardly feel any difference :)

6. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

quite frankly, after touching the iPhone 5, the S3 build quality feels cheap the iPhone 5 build quality is like a swiss-made watch, the software is a different story though that said, if someone were to give me the S4, i would receive it with pleasure, don't wanna be a hypocrite no, they already did with the ativ s, the ativ s should have been the gs3 p.s : not an apple fanboy, don't have any apple products

7. jan25

Posts: 470; Member since: Feb 26, 2012

I find my iPhone 5 more prone to scratches and dents because of the brushed aluminum. I hardly ever enjoy the premium finish since i have a case on all the time. I am not feeling this S4 but i still think the plastic argument is bit over exagerated.

8. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

how about the htc one ? i don't think the htc one will be as prone as the i5 to scratches

31. kclgphilsbsa

Posts: 765; Member since: Jan 21, 2013

ur right, anyway i do like the pattern made with the platic haha

37. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

use my Nokia N8

15. sid07desai

Posts: 290; Member since: May 03, 2012

I don't care for specs but I just can't tolerate plastic anymore. Going for XpZ.

28. SleepingOz unregistered

You should go for the HTC One then not the XZ. As XZ also uses a plastic film on the glass surface to make it waterproof. There're many cases reported on XDA where the phone got ruined because the plastic film was damaged of removed.

41. SleepingOz unregistered

*or removed

48. gogowho

Posts: 37; Member since: Mar 12, 2013

that film is not for waterproof . don't misguide.

17. Aeires unregistered

Kinda surprised there's no after market backs for Samsung phones. It's really the back that gets complained about, not the material in the front.

51. bja8237

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

Sounds like someone needs to make a metal case for it.

23. Dark4o90

Posts: 205; Member since: Feb 20, 2011

and what's the truth? if you want aluminium just buy 1 kilo of it or HTC One for those who prefer lightweight phone and scratch and drop downs resistance the polycaronate is the best. The aluminium is NOT good choice

34. GuitarPlayer

Posts: 63; Member since: Nov 15, 2012

No problem with plastic.... Gorilla Glass 3 bla bla bla bla, drop test now!!!! S3 didn´t make good results on drop test

35. nbringer

Posts: 180; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

Plastics are just fine. In fact much better than metals. I'd pick plastics anytime on metals. Plastics bends... back! I'd love my car full plastics. Metal cases are an anachronism. Waste.

43. letgomyeggroll

Posts: 139; Member since: Jun 13, 2012

Aluminum is not good for signal. It means that the radios of the phone have to be boosted to get signal and also equals more heat build up. This why IPhone sucks with battery life and phone is warmer. I have the GS3, if you notice you put your fingers on top of the phone, your coverage reduces by half. Now imagine that with aluminum case. I rather have a plastic case rthan heat and less battery life. The plastic case is flexible and just as durable.

44. Pedro0x

Posts: 271; Member since: Oct 19, 2012

What about lumia 920, it is also made out of polycarbonate, I don´t see anybody bashing about it. It is that SGS4 is not unibody, a unibody will feel better in your hands. Aluminium is not great either, it easily scratches easily and it is not very strong. The best solution according to me is either polycarbonate or carbon fiber or in a near future graphene, but it has to be unibody.

45. saiki4116

Posts: 413; Member since: Mar 31, 2011

If samsung were to make Unibody, they cant have removable battery...

2. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

I'm waiting for the drop test

19. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

why are you getting thumbs downs?

21. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

SAME-sung haters loitering around :D

46. AFnerdTP unregistered


29. SleepingOz unregistered

Same here! Let's hope it performs like the GNOTE II and not like the GSIII.

36. nbringer

Posts: 180; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

It will crack. Tough luck, next time you should be more careful with a 600$ device. -> Same for any device so don't wait for those tests anymore.

5. henrickrw

Posts: 408; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Who cares about aluminum. When you purchase something you must take care of it. I'm tired of listening to these sick persons that only knows to criticize. Yes I will buy the S4

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