Corning’s new Gorilla Glass protects the lenses of the smartphone camera and gives more light

Corning has announced a new series of glass composites Protect the ever-increasing number of camera lenses on the back of smartphones and capture more ambient light during the process. The new composites, called Gorilla Glass with DX and Gorilla Glass with DX +, offer “advanced optical performance, excellent scratch resistance and durability,” according to Corning.

Technically, this DX composite collection is not brand new, Corning offered a version Gorilla Glass with DX / DX + for smart watches as early as 2018. But Corning says the transition to a smartphone camera lens masks additional challenges because the glass had to be scratch-resistant and somehow let in more light, two features that may conflict. Corning explains how it achieved both improvements in the video below:

Corning says Wired that Gorilla Glass with DX and Gorilla Glass with DX + emit 98 percent of ambient light but are still as scratch-resistant as typical Gorilla Glass. By comparison, Corning claims that lens caps with traditional non-reflective coatings emit only about 95 percent light. Maximizing the number of lightweight smartphones can collect while reducing reflections and glare, helping to improve the performance of smartphone cameras. It can also provide additional information diversity of computational processes which are now the norm in smartphone photography.

The company has not announced which phones will have the new glass composites, but Corning says Samsung has signed up to be the first company to use the new Gorilla Glass camera lens covers. Considering the Unpacked event Samsung is scheduled for August 11th rapidly approaching the horizon, perhaps we see the glass in action sooner than we expect.

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