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Corning's new Gorilla Glass will make your smartwatch easier to read

In addition to Gorilla Glass 6, Corning has announced two new glass composites for wearables: Gorilla Glass DX and Gorilla Glass DX+.

Published onJuly 19, 2018

  • Corning has announced Gorilla Glass DX and Gorilla Glass DX+ for wearables.
  • Both offer enhanced display readability by removing surface reflections and increasing display contrast.
  • Gorilla Glass DX+ provides scratch resistance close to that of “luxury cover materials.”

Corning held a press conference this morning and announced Gorilla Glass 6. While this is the company’s most durable pieces of cover glass to date, it’s primarily made for larger objects like smartphones.

For smaller wearables like smartwatches, customers need something that can resist scratches, won’t shatter if hit by hard objects, and can reduce the amount of glare when light hits the glass. That’s where Corning’s brand new Gorilla Glass DX and Gorilla Glass DX+ come in.

Building off of the resilient nature found in the company’s other types of glass composites, Gorilla Glass DX and DX+ offer a new antireflective property that makes it much easier for users to read the display under the glass. And because Corning knows that wearables are typically treated rougher than other electronics like smartphones, the company has added additional scratch resistance elements to the glass.

According to the company, both Gorilla Glass DX and DX+ offer up to 75 percent less surface reflection when compared to a normal piece of glass. Additionally, these new glass composites reportedly offer 50 percent more contrast. This feature not only makes the display easier to read, but it allows more light out to the wearable so that users can save battery life by not having to raise the screen’s brightness.

Gorilla Glass 6 pics: Imagine a fully customizable glass back with color and texture
A collection of example glass material customized using Gorilla Glass 6 Ink Jet technology.

The only real difference between Gorilla Glass DX and Gorilla Glass DX+ is that the latter offers “superior” scratch resistance. According to Corning, the glass composite is almost as resilient as “Alternative luxury cover materials.” By this, it’s safe to assume the company means sapphire glass.

Unfortunately, Corning doesn’t state when we should expect to see Gorilla Glass DX and DX+ show up in new wearables. Hopefully, the new composite glass will be added to the new Wear OS watches being developed by Google.

If this is something you would like to see in your next smartphone, you might have to wait a while. Corning says that the company is still working to adapt the new glass composites for large screen form factors.

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