Corning introduces NBT glass for computers. We hope this means another Pixel-esque Chromebook.

July 29, 2013
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Corning has announced a new glass technology for touch-enabled computers like the Chromebook Pixel. Named NBT, the glass promises to offer increased resilience to scratches, as well as reduced flaw visibility. NBT has also been designed to retain its strength characteristics should a scratch or scrape occur, much like the glass on your mobile device.

A device that sits somewhere between the Samsung ARM Chromebook and the Pixel (in terms of price) would be a welcome addition to the Chromebook family.

While many touch screen notebook computers offer the tried-and-true soda-lime glass, it has drawbacks. Touch sensitivity is often less than desirable, a trade-off for the strength and clarity it offers. Corning notes that NBT is “eight to ten times more scratch resistant”, and that “Corning Gorilla Glass NBT delivers the cost-effective scratch and damage resistance that consumers have come to expect of the world’s leading cover glass solution to this new mobile device market.”

We’re all well aware that the touch sensitivity with Gorilla Glass is now standard, and with the progression of both operating systems and notebook computers towards touch, Gorilla Glass will be a welcome addition to any notebook computer. Dell is the first major OEM to get on board, planning to offer NBT on devices starting in the fall.

The folks at Corning went on to state “Corning Gorilla Glass NBT is currently available and is expected to be featured on several notebook product models by leading global brands later this year.” We hope this means a mid-tier, touch enabled Chromebook is on the horizon. A device that sits somewhere between the Samsung ARM Chromebook and the Pixel (in terms of price) would be a welcome addition to the Chromebook family, and continue what we hope is the lineage of touch enabled Chrome devices.

James R. Steiner, senior vice president and general manager, Corning Specialty Materials, had the following to offer: “Simply put, we believe that if you don’t have Gorilla on your device, it’s not as good.”

Agreed.

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