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CES 2012: Gorilla Glass 2 Could Mean Thinner Smartphones

New glass gets skinnier, still just as strong.

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CES 2012: Gorilla Glass 2 Could Mean Thinner Smartphones
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If there has been a theme to this year’s CES so far, it has been thinner gadgets and better TVs. And thinner TVs, for that matter. Corning, makers of the Gorilla Glass that you probably have in your smartphone screen, has definitely jumped on the “thin is in” bandwagon this year with their Gorilla Glass 2. Last week we covered Corning’s announcement that they would be debuting Gorilla Glass 2 at CES. It seems that they unveiled it late yesterday.

Gorilla Glass 2 delivers the same remarkable strength and durability of the original Gorilla Glass, but sports several improvements. Promised improvements include better image quality and touchscreen responsiveness. The big news, however, is that the new generation glass is a remarkable 20% thinner. Considering that the thickness of many of our handheld devices – tablets, phones, and even some computers – is measured in millimeters, that is a big reduction. There is little word on when we will start to see Gorilla Glass 2 in new gadgets, but once we do, we can probably expect to see those devices start getting even thinner. First generation Gorilla Glass has reportedly been in most of Apple’s iOS devices, though neither company has formally acknowledged it. The iPad 3 is rumored to be getting a bit thicker. If Gorilla Glass 2 is ready in time, that may not be the case after all. Either way, look for your already skinny devices to shed another millimeter or two after Gorilla Glass 2 goes into production.

Meanwhile, MacRumors has posted a video showing Gorilla Glass 2 in action. Check it out below and let us know what you think in the comments.

CES 2012: Gorilla Glass 2 Could Mean Thinner Smartphones
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  • Shawn B.

    Let me know when Gorilla Glass 1 is available on a TV besides Sony. Not going to upgrade to HDTV in the living room until it can be a kid-resistant model and under $750.