It was just a few days ago that Corning announced Gorilla Glass 6, the latest version of their screen protection glass, with the promise of protection from drops. Samsung Display Company has announced an unbreakable phone screen technology they developed. Should Gorilla Glass, Dinorex Glass, Dragontrail Glass and other display protection brands be worried?
Samsung’s indestructible display is composed of a “flexible OLED panel with an unbreakable substrate and an overlay window securely adhered to it. Current-generation flexible display products attach a glass-covered window to their display that often breaks when severely impacted”.
In plain English, Samsung is using fortified plastic window that has the strengths of glass but not its weakness. It is lightweight, transmissive, and hard, yet not fragile. So, I am wondering why everyone else in this business has been insistent on glass. Perhaps we shall find out when we get our hands on a device that has this new plastic unbreakable phone screen.
We all know that the promises of display protection from falls and all by Gorilla Glass and its competitors do not always work. If there ever is a literal case of broken promises, it is with toughened glass protection for smartphones.
The often-inevitable fall is that one thing that smartphone owners fear above all other fears. The result is often a shattered or broken display.
So, Samsung say they have solved that problem. If they have, all the protective glass companies need to panic and quickly go back to their drawing boards.
Unbreakable Phone Screen Tested and Certified
Samsung Display Company say their new, indestructible phone screen panel “passed the rigorous real-time durability test that is based on military standards set by the U.S. Department of Defense” and survived drops of up to 1.8 metres.
The display reportedly “continued to function normally with no damage to its front, sides or edges”. Impressive. The panel has been certified by UL (Underwriters Laboratories), an official testing company for OSHA, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration of the U.S. Department of Labor.
I love what I am reading and look forward to seeing this on production devices. Perhaps finally, the smartphone world can say a hearty goodbye to worrying about losing $1000 smartphones to a random drop. Who wants an unbreakable phone screen?