Gorilla Glass 3 will make phone screens even tougher, for great (ape) justice!

You can tell it’s a Friday when I start coming up with headlines like that one, eh? Anyway, Friday-related stupidity aside, there’s actually a genuine blog post, here, because according to Engadget, glass maker Corning has just unveiled the newest product in their portfolio, the even more ludicrously tough Gorilla Glass 3.

Well, Gorilla Glass is already pretty much the industry standard for phone screens, so I guess we should’ve seen this coming. Seriously, how many phones can you name, these days, that don’t have Gorilla Glass on ’em? Not many, I’ll tell ya (and the only one that immediately came to mind is the Sony Xperia T).

So, what’s new?

Well, unsurprisingly, it’s even tougher, but this time, it’s apparently been toughened at the molecular level, using a proprietary technique called Native Damage Resistance (NDR). And what is NDR? Not a clue, but what it does, right, is give the glass a massive improvement in terms of scratch resistance, a whopping 40% reduction in the number of visible scratches, and a 50% boost in retained strength, if the glass gets a bit smurfed up.

So, basically, the next-gen versions of phones like the Samsung Galaxy Note II or the iPhone 5 are going to be even harder to scratch.

Now sure, it’s not going to help your phone if you drop it face first onto concrete from a first floor window (‘cos that’ll pretty much kill any phone, unless it’s got a Sonim badge on it), but yeah, it means your keys might not completely smurf your screen up when it’s in your pocket.

So that’s good.

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It's a little known fact Technical Markus has now beaten both his Transformers addiction AND his Mass Effect addiction, by replacing both with an equally obsessive addiction to XCOM: Enemy Unknown and buying Humble Bundles for his Android phone. At the moment, he's pondering the actual usefulness of smartwatches and smart glasses, even if the nerd in him is shouting for joy at how sci-fi they are. He spends his spare time being whinged at to figure out what's wrong with other people's mobile phones, and drinking unimaginable quantities of tea. With milk. And three sweeteners, thanks for asking. Oh, and he's got an HTC One X, but he reckons his next phone might be a Sony, the turncoat...