Samsung files in a trademark application for "Turtle Glass", is it parting ways with Corning?

After moving away from Qualcomm (for now) and putting its own Exynos chipsets on its recent high-end devices, Samsung could be parting ways with another one of its long-time business partners - Corning. This is vaguely hinted by a Samsung-issued trademark registration for "Turtle Glass" with the Korean Intellectual Patent Office, suggesting that the company could be prepping its own rival to Corning's sturdy Gorilla Glass. Apart from the name itself, nothing else is known about said Turtle Glass in question, which could end up replacing the Gorilla Glass 4.0 panels it's currently using.

As a refresher, Samsung has been endowing its smartphones with Corning's Gorilla Glass on board since the days of 2010's Galaxy S. From the looks of it, the company behind the Galaxy Note5 and the Galaxy S6 is looking forward to becoming more and more self-sustained. 

It remains to be seen whether the South Korea-based smartphone maker will be indeed prepping its own glass panels or is merely making sure no of its rivals will use the Turtle Glass name. We can also speculate that Turtle Glass might have something to do with the rumored foldable smartphone that Samsung is tipped to release in early 2016, but this should be taken with some salt. Who knows, probably the Galaxy S7 might come with no Gorilla Glass on board.



1. Hashed unregistered

So iPhone 7 will come with turtle glass?!

2. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010


14. TheOldOne

Posts: 196; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

most components of an iphone are made by samsung ;) as a matter of fact, the good ol' iphone 3 was in fact the same phone as samsung galaxy s ;)

15. Hashed unregistered

Someone that understood what my comment is about, thank you.

5. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

You know that iPhone don't even have the latest gorilla glass!

16. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Yea, they use "ion strengthened" glass. Don't know the objective differences though, they should do a test with these different glass screens.

21. deanylev

Posts: 234; Member since: Mar 11, 2014

That's Gorilla glass. Gorilla glass is made using an ion exchange/strengthing process. Apple just don't say it.

8. iLovesarcasm

Posts: 589; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

No doubt Apple will copy this move.

3. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

Corning and Samsung already has a major agreement for 10 years.

11. joevsyou

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

A they could just buy their selves out, B use their glass for their flagship phones while sticking with the older glass for their other low market phones

20. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

they still can use turtle glass for glass-back cover, or low-mid phone model

4. carlemillward unregistered

Armadillo glass

6. kabiluddin

Posts: 278; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

I'm loving this new Samsung. They are really trying new thing with every phone. Keep up the good work.

10. rishav20193

Posts: 242; Member since: Jul 18, 2015

well.....that's one to see it. May be sammy is becoming self sufficient for all the components needed to manufacture a smartphone. it has most of the things of its own, needed to develop a phone. its also working on its custom gpu for processors & may be in future it will work on its own cpu cores for the exynos lineup. it already has memory (RAM) for its phones


Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

DragonTrail glass is better than Gorila glass!

9. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Baboon Glass...

12. Sidewinder

Posts: 515; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

It is a great move by Samsung. By manufacturing all the components in-house they can bring down the overall costs as well as have better quality control on what goes inside their phones.. This will ensure that all components works well without a hitch

17. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Yeah, just like ISOCELL and EXYNOS.Cant keep up with the demand so they switched to Exmor and Qualcomm for other models. This TURTLE will see better days too.

13. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

May be something they are using with new bendable screen phones Samsung is coming out with

18. mrblah

Posts: 577; Member since: Jan 22, 2013

Good, it will mesh well with Samsung Turtle UI.

19. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

Samsung has a 7.5% stake in Corning which translates to a long term supply agreement. It is less likely that Sammy will use turtle glass in the near future. This turtle glass should combine the scratch resistance of Sapphire glass and a shatter protection rating better than GG4. This would make it perfect

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