Why your next laptop could use Gorilla Glass just like your smartphone does


That amazingly strong Gorilla Glass on your smartphone now comes in a bigger size. On Monday, Corning introduced Gorilla Glass NBT, a stronger, scratch-resistant glass specifically made for touchscreen laptops. In a rather amusing video, Corning(s glw) demonstrates the strength of Gorilla Glass NBT.

What else does the new touchscreen glass offer? Corning says it’s a better all-around choice over traditional soda-lime glass due to these features:

  • 8x-10x higher scratch resistance
  • Greater resistance to unsightly abrasions caused by cleaning, wiping or careless handling
  • Reduced incidence of damage when inadvertently closing the display on top of an object
  • Better ability to withstand the shock of accidental bumps

Corning is pitching the new glass as cost-effective, suggesting it would only account for one to two percent of a laptop’s price tag.

Margins on those devices are pretty slim already but I suspect laptop makers will still adopt the new glass. The Gorilla Glass product is becoming well-known and desirable on smartphones and tablets; it could be differentiating factor when choosing two similar notebooks in the future. Dell(s dell) is already on board, saying it will introduce new laptops this fall with Gorilla Glass NBT.



It enables for a deep layer associated with high compressive stress (created through an ion-exchange process). This compression provides a sort of “armor,” making the glass exceptionally tough as well as damage proof.


It’s nice to finally see something new considering progress has been stifled for around the last 8 years with notebook displays.

That said, I think it’s high time PC panel manufacturers got off the TV bandwagon – I want something higher than 1080P on my 17″ notebook.

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