Many of you have expressed concern with the fact that Samsung has decided to equip the Galaxy Nexus with an alternative fortified glass as opposed to Corning’s Gorilla Glass. Just because the the popular glass maker wasn’t chosen to outfit the GN’s display doesn’t mean that Sammy cut any corners.
A video recently surfaced on the interweb showing somebody putting the screen to the test by trying to scratch the crap out of it with a key. Although I definitely cringed a bit and felt a shiver down my spine, I was pleased to see the outcome. Here, just check it out for yourself and tell us what you think. Will you be issuing such a test once you get your mitts on one?
Even a full-fledged Android novice could tell you about Gorilla Glass, the high strength glass used as a protective cover for touch screens that offer superior scratch resistance and unbelievable durability. Corning Incorporated, the developer responsible for its technology (and as a side effect, countless YouTube videos featuring people wielding household items like keys and screwdrivers against their GG-clad devices) has now announced the launch of a new display material called Lotus Glass.
Corning released a statement this week saying that the new material provides more “thermal and dimensional stability”, which is greatly needed in order to endure the harsh conditions of repeated heating and cooling cycles required as part of the process of attaching high-res displays. Aimed for use with LCD and OLED screens, Corning says Lotus Glass will enable them to create screens with “higher resolution and faster response times.”
As this particular technology continues to evolve, I can’t help but to look forward to a brand new slew of viral videos showing confident consumers displaying their LG-clad devices holding up against sharp household objects in much, much higher resolution.
The Galaxy Nexus will reportedly not be using Corning’s famous Gorilla Glass. According to Corning’s official Twitter, the Galaxy Nexus will not be using Gorilla Glass. Quickly to respond though was Samsung, claiming (via Facebook) that while they will not be using Gorilla Glass, they will still be using a fortified glass for the new phone. At first I was a bit disappointment with this news, but after some research found that there are plenty of other fortified glasses just as durable if not more durable than Gorilla Glass anyway. The specific brand of fortified glass just became especially popular since Apple marketed it with the iPhone 4.
The big brother to the Dell Streak (5 inch edition) is hitting T-Mobile 4G, and we should have more details on price and launch dates within the next few short weeks. Expect a late Q1 2011 launch we suspect. The new Dell Streak 7 comes with Android 2.2, 16GB internal storage, 7 inch Gorilla Glass touchscreen, rear and front facing cameras, and the Tegra2 dual-core processor at 1GHZ a side.
Here’s a video introducing the Streak 7
More pics and a Press Release below.
Dell has announced a new version of the Venue Pro, but without the Pro. It’s the new Dell Venue, and its running Android instead of Windows Phone 7 like we saw in the Venue Pro. Also, it’s without the portrait slider keyboard too, which we saw in the Palm Pre.
Like other smartphone manufacturers, Dell seems to be trying out other platforms rather than pooling all their eggs into the Windows Phone 7 basket, or visa versa. This device in particular comes with Android 2.2, 4.1 inch touchscreen display with Gorilla Glass, 8 megapixel camera, 1GHz Snapdragon, and it’ll be sold unlocked. No price was announced for it, but its a beefy phone, so don’t be surprised if its around the $400 mark unlocked without a contract.
In case you were wondering, or before you go and try to take a set of keys to the display, the Nexus S does NOT have Gorilla Glass. The news comes from the Samsung Service Twitter account, and is leaving some people wondering why the Nexus S is missing the uber-strong Gorilla Glass.
Some are speculating that Corning was unable to produce Gorilla Glass thats curved in the way that Samsung wanted, but whatever the case may be, do not try and test the scratch resistance of your Nexus S.
Dell’s Venue Pro has been one of the more popular Windows Phone 7 phones…but what if you want an Android version? Well, Korean carrier KT is releasing a Froyo-powered Venue this week. Sporting the nearly-indestructible Gorilla Glass on its face, it’s pretty much the same hardware as its WP7 brother. It has the same shape and the same button layout, but it has dropped the slide-out QWERTY keyboard. Nicknamed the “Thunder,” you can look for it in Korean retail stores within the next few weeks.
One of the nicest physical features of the Samsung Galaxy Tab is the Gorilla Glass screen, making the device scratch-resistant and shatter-resistant. Sound too good to be true? Check out the YouTube video above posted by the user metafonic.
In this video, the user tests the Gorilla Glass of the Galaxy Tab in a rather extreme way; using a CO2 gas-powered pistol, he fires a few rounds at the Galaxy Tab’s screen at close range. Afterwards, one can see that no damage has been done to the display! Amazing, huh?
If you’re doubting the power of the gun used in this stress test, hit the break to see a video displaying the same gun’s power.
The teaser page for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Tab has officially gone live on the T-Mobile website. Head over to the T-Mobile website to sign up for updates if you’re planning on getting your own Samsung Galaxy Tab.
T-Mobile is advertising the Samsung Galaxy Tab as follows;
Featuring a big, 7″ touch screen, the slim, sophisticated Samsung Galaxy Tab™ is perfectly designed for portable entertainment.
- Watch the latest movies and entertainment or experience thousands of Android Market™widgets, games, and apps.
- Flash 10.1 support for rich Web browsing, Web video, and amazing browser-based games.
- Share moments on the go with a rear-facing camera for capturing and sharing photos, and a front-facing camera for video chat.
With the Galaxy Tab, there’s always a new and compelling way to enjoy media, brilliantly!
Let’s not forget that the beautiful 7″ touch screen is made from Gorilla Glass, making the Samsung Galaxy Tab scratch and impact-resistant.
Let us know in the comments if you’ll be picking up a Samsung Galaxy Tab when they hit stores!
If I didn’t know any better, I’d say gorillas are taking over. There’s Gorilla Glue, Gorilla Tape, and even Gorilla Glass! I guess those Samsung Galaxy Tab commercials showing the tablet wedged into the back pocket of your jeans don’t look as foolish as we thought. Gorilla Glass uses a unique chemical strengthening to make one of the most scratch and shatter resistant glass surfaces available. Check out a durability demonstration of the same glass used in Samsung Galaxy S phones and Gorilla Glass’ own glass flaw comparison chart after the jump.