Mobile phones used to be very sensitive when it came to the screen. If you dropped it and the screen got damaged, you would have to but another smartphone. Today the story has changed; your phone’s screen is able to last a little longer thanks to gorilla glass.
First of all, there’s the glass itself. Gorilla Glass is a special type of chemically strengthened material (an aluminosilicate for you material science geeks out there) that’s processed in such a way as to resist scratches and other surface dings. It also withstands greater compression than standard glass, which means you have to press it (or drop it) harder to damage it.
So how does it all work? The first process of making gorilla glass starts with fusion. This is to ensure that the final product pure and thin.
Gorilla Glass starts its life through Corning’s fusion draw, a proprietary process which helps ensure the product is both thin and exceptionally pure.
The glass material itself is a high quality, but relatively conventional aluminium, silicon and oxygen mix – a regular alkali aluminosilicate blend – which is heated until it’s molten. In the past this might then have gone through a float glass process, where it’s poured onto a bed of molten metal (often tin), flattening under its own weight, then cooled until it becomes a sheet.
Fusion draw, though, sees the material poured into a long v-shaped trough called a refractory isopipe. This overflows, running down either side of the trough, rejoining at the bottom to form a single sheet of glass. This simple process helps to keep the product very pure (regular float glass has a layer of tin oxide on one side).
Well if you are wondering which phones have this amazing technology then look no further. Several phones do and all you need to do is just choose your pick.
- Apple iphone 6s/iPhone 6* (iOS)
- Apple iphone 6s Pus/iPhone 6 Plus* (iOS)
- Asus ZenFone
- Sony Xperia C3 dual
- Google Nexus 5
- Google Nexus 6 (2014)
- Google Nexus 5X (2015)
- Google Nexus 6P (2015)
- HTC One (M8)
- HTC One (M9)
- HTC One Mini
- HTC Sensation
- HTC Thunderbolt