Are you ready for clear phones? What about wood or snake skin? That promises Gorilla Glass 6, Corning's latest generation of Gorilla Glass.
The next-generation display technology used by Apple and Samsung offers the usual improvements in scratch and impact resistance, but perhaps it's more exciting that the glass can not be designed to fit looks like real glass.
During a press event on Wednesday at the company's facility in Sunnyvale, California, the company displayed new designs that add realistic textures to its glass. It is called "Vibrant" Gorilla Glass and was first introduced in 2016, with the promise that phone manufacturers could print high-resolution images directly to it.
But his latest prototypes take the concept to the next level. The technique combines the printed images with etched glass that mimics the feel of various textures such as wood, stone, polished marble or even snake skin. The result is glass that does not look or feel like glass.
"The picture is on the back, the texture on the front, you combine the two, and you've suddenly changed the way industrial designers think." What does my phone look like? "" Cornings Innovation Director for Gorilla Glass
It is truly remarkable how much the pattern designs I held looked like the actual textures they resembled. The "wood" felt like wood. The snake skin felt like it had real scales.
It's not just textures. Corning has also experimented with a translucent glass, if the manufacturers want to show the courage to the phone. In addition to the straight printed image designs, there are also reflective colors and gradients.
All in all, it's enough individualization makes me wonder if I would ever buy a suitcase for my phone if I had a say in the design choice.
Of course walking without a housing is a risk of its own. But Corning might have covered you, too. Gorilla Glass 6 is also the company's toughest glass to date. According to the manufacturer, the new displays should be even more resistant to crashes than previous generations, so that the new glass can survive an average of 15 drops on "rough surfaces".
Although Corning will not confirm which manufacturers will adopt the latest display glass, the company has confirmed that the first cell phones to use it will be released later this year.
As for the colorful glass, Corning says it is now ready for phone manufacturers; but the big question is whether they will adopt the technology. The company debuted its first Vibrant Glass technology in 2016, and we still see it on consumer phones, though it was used in some laptop designs.
But, if current smartphone design trends hold, we might see it sooner than later. As my colleague Raymond Wong noted last year, smartphones are finally getting interesting again, and much of it has to do with the willingness of phone manufacturers to use new materials. And one of the trends we've seen is more glass-based phones (partly thanks to the rise in wireless charging).
In addition, more major mobile phone manufacturers are experimenting with color. Samsung has released a version of the S9 in purple, and OnePlus just showed a red version of its OnePlus6. Even Apple looks at new colors, if you can believe rumors
Let's put it all together, and it suddenly seems not so unlikely that we could soon see more phones in unusual colors or even textures in need. too far away future.