How does Motorola’s new ShatterShield technology work?

by: Jimmy WestenbergOctober 28, 2015

Just yesterday, Verizon took the wraps off the brand new Motorola Droid Turbo 2 and Motorola Droid Maxx 2. While the latter is covered in a strong panel of Gorilla Glass 3, the former, which is the higher-end of the two, sports what Motorola is calling its new ShatterShield technology. What does that mean? The company walks us through just what makes up the Droid Turbo 2’s display.

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Motorola says the Turbo 2’s display consists of an integrated system of five layers that are designed to absorb shock and never shatter. Supposedly three years in the making, Moto ShatterShield consists specifically of these five layers:

  1. It starts with a rigid aluminum core that provides structural integrity and durability.
  2. On top of that, we’ve added in a stunning AMOLED flexible display. Using a flexible display absorbs shock and makes it possible to flex during a drop versus breaking like most screens.
  3. Then, a dual touch layer with redundancy was created to help it survive accidents. Often, after a drop, the touch layer can go bad and your touch doesn’t work as well. So we‘ve added a failsafe mechanism.
  4. The next layer is the interior lens which provides a clear protective shield that won’t crack or shatter.
  5. Lastly, we topped it off with an exterior lens that has a unique hardcoat that helps protect the display against normal wear and tear.

And they’re not kidding. Take a look at the video attached below. CNN actually put the Turbo 2 to the test, and the results were incredibly impressive. Not only did they drop the phone numerous times on concrete and gravel, they also ran over the phone, screen up, with a bicycle and a horse’s hoof. The phone’s screen actually dented before it shattered or cracked. Crazy, right?

Having a phone with a shatterproof screen may be great in some scenarios, but how great is the screen when you’re not dropping it? The Droid Turbo 2 has a big 5.4-inch Quad HD AMOLED display. But because there are so many layers between the display and the glass, the display won’t be able to shine as much light through all of those layers. According to Ars Technica, there is some visible space between the clear front panel and the display, which results in a device that isn’t as bright or as clear as other smartphones with higher-end displays. “It’s a gray, muddy mess”, says Ars’ Ron Amadeo.

Motorola says it will bring Moto ShatterShield to other devices sometime in the near future. We just hope the company can improve this technology before that happens. What are your thoughts? Would you rather carry a smartphone that has a “shatterproof” display, even if that means it won’t be as clear as others on the market? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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  • Boolean Corporation

    I think I should see it myself. But a shatterproof display could help tons with careless handling. And also could give industrial design the freedom to incorporate glass without getting into compromises on durability.

  • Singkawang

    “Lastly, we topped it off with an exterior lens that has a unique hardcoat that helps protect the display against normal wear and tear.”

    This is Just a NORMAL 9H screen protector designed to fit perfectly with the phone, and were put by manufacture (motorola). Nothing special about it. But kudos for motorola for doing it for us. I really think every other phone manufacture need to follow this.

    • Mo Yang

      I don’t know of any 9H glass screen protectors that would dent before shattering? Especially since all the 9H glass screen protectors I’ve had have shattered at a waist height drop.

    • Tibi C

      You are definitely not right

    • John

      What good is a 9h screen protector if the glass underneath it still shatters?

  • URABUS0924

    I’m curious if the screen has a glass-like feel to it. I never put any screen protectors on my phones because I don’t like the way they feel.

    • craPkit

      There are screen protectors made from actual glass for most flagship devices, at least.

    • Eddie Hicks

      You probably used those plastic screen protector. Like craPkit said, there are glass screen protectors. Once on they look and feel just like the phone’s screen.

  • John Doe

    Isn’t Gorilla glass 4 supposed to be shatter proof?

    • Renascienza

      I don’t think so, just scratch proof and shatter resistant.

    • gamerW1zz

      shatter proof, not crack proof

  • Renascienza

    A message for Ars Technica:

    A shattered screen is a black mud mess. Stop mumble like a grandma.

  • s2weden2000

    it prevents shattering …

  • Syukri Lajin

    that is the ugliest, most out of proportion logo placement I’ve seen.

    • Benjamin Walburn

      Verizon has done worse.

      • Btort

        that’s not that bad compared to the droid…. at least you can buy a cheap home screen skin to cover that

    • Infamous_Elsa

      It only part of the screen protector, you can just take off the screen protector and get a 3rd party one with no logo

  • DShot92

    Am I the ony one who’s actually confused by this video? There’s no actually way to tell if the phone went through all that they wantend us to belive. Everytime the editing cut stops us from seeing what really happen. For all i know the phone is not shatterproof!

    • Gaspar Inostroza Perez

      You saw the screen dented, and did not brake. Isn’t that enough? AFAIK, no other phone has a screen that dents instead of breaking.

  • Is that exterior lense a screen protector ?

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    • Infamous_Elsa

      It is just a screen protector made by Verizon, so you can take it off and get a 3rd party one that doesn’t have the huge Verizon logo

  • kiran goud

    Its exactly looks like glass but its not …its flexible transpirent sheet

  • Btort

    What’s worst than HTC’s black bar? HERE IT IS….

    • Infamous_Elsa

      Its removable

  • Choda Boy

    So CNN makes video advertisements now?