At this year’s Mobile World Congress, several major OEMs unveiled new devices featuring Corning® Gorilla® Glass, including the use of Gorilla Glass as the cover screen material and as a protective cover for the back of the device.
Gorilla Glass Identified as a Top Trend at MWC 2017
Gorilla Glass: Top Trend at MWC 2017
LG Showcases 18:9 Display, Premium Specs in G6 Debut, Including Multiple Types of Gorilla Glass
International Business Times highlighted the few “different types of sturdy glass” protecting the new flagship, including a Gorilla Glass 3-protected front, Gorilla Glass 5-equipped back, and dual-camera lens configuration encased in Gorilla Glass 4.
PC Advisor noted the G6 “takes a leaf out of the iPhone 4’s book” by featuring Gorilla Glass both front and back, and Digital Trends further outlined, “two pieces of Gorilla Glass are sandwiched inside an attractive metal band, which adds strength to the device and limits damage from corner drops.” Mashable also discussed the phone’s Gorilla Glass shell, while Engadget argued that the new “shiny slab of Gorilla Glass 5,” replacing the older metallic black configuration featured on the G5, gives the new handset a more premium look and feel.
TechnoBuffalo highlight’s LG’s renewed focus on the fundamentals, safety, and specs users want, emphasizing the company’s decision to return to basics with “design-driven innovations” and “practical improvements” has resulted in a new flagship device that is “solidly-executed, impressively-built” and “will go toe-to-toe with the upcoming Galaxy S8 from Samsung.”
Sony Announces High-End Phones, XZ Premium With Gorilla Glass 5 Protection
The Verge reports Sony announced its Xperia XZ Premium, “a 5.5-inch smartphone with a number of world firsts,” including a 4K display that makes use of a partnership with Amazon for HDR content. The Verge also notes that the phone comes with the “Motion Eye” camera system, capable of shooting “super-slow motion of 960fps at 720p resolution.” The Verge notes the XZ Premium’s Luminous Chrome finish, “isn’t so much a color as a straight up mirror” which easily picks up fingerprints. The Verge highlights that the XZ Premium has Gorilla Glass 5 protecting the front and back of the phone.
Android Central notes that the XZ Premium has a 5.5-inch display with a metal frame and “both the front and back...outfitted with Gorilla Glass 5,” with the design appearing like “the most mirror-like phone ever created.
PC Magazine reports the XZ Premium “may steal the show,” thanks to it being the first phone with "a visually stunning resolution and a feature thus far only seen on TVs.” PC Magazine highlights the XZ Premium’s HDR as one major factor “that immediately draws the eye,” and is “the single best panel we’ve seen on a smartphone.”
Huawei Announces P10 and P10 Plus With Gorilla Glass 5, and Unveils Watch 2 Smartwatch, Switching from Sapphire to Gorilla Glass
CNET News reports that Huawei has announced its P10 and P10 Plus phones at MWC, and notes that compared to its predecessor P9, the P10 “upgrades its screen from Gorilla Glass 3 to 5.”
Mashable notes the new smartwatch features a 1.2-inch AMOLED Gorilla Glass screen and the durability of being water- and dust-resistant to IP68 specifications.
TechCrunch reports that Huawei got the watch’s size “right” and explains that “It’s also surprisingly light – part of that is due to the company’s decision to swap out the Sapphire screen for Gorilla Glass. Huawei admits that bringing the watch’s weight down was a driving force in the design process.”
Phone Arena Calls the use of Gorilla Glass 5 one of the Top Trends of 2017
Phone Arena reports on seven trends and innovations in smartphones seen at this year’s Mobile World Congress, via a slide show. Phone Arena highlights advances like HDR capability; flagships approaching 80% in screen-to-body ratio, up from 70% in 2016; a nascent 5G era, due in part to Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon and modem capabilities; and also “the mass use of Gorilla Glass 5.” Phone Arena notes that since the launch of the Galaxy Note 7 last summer “there has been almost no device since utilizing it,” something that changed noticeably at MWC where the Huawei P10, and Sony’s Xperia XZs and XZ Premium use it as a display cover glass, and LG’s G6 uses it as a protective cover for the back of the phone.