Corning launches Astra Glass: a new glass substrate for tablets, laptops, and TVs
For years, smartphones have used Corning Gorilla Glass as their screen protection method of choice. After all, nothing has actually come close to it in 12 years, ever since it debuted on the original iPhone in 2007. It strikes the perfect balance between scratch resistance, flexibility, and drop resistance, and this is even truer than ever in its 6th iteration. However, it doesn’t really need to be a smartphone-exclusive thing, as Corning wants to branch outside of the smartphone market as well. Now, Corning has announced their all-new glass substrate, Corning Astra Glass.
Astra Glass is a new glass innovation made by Corning, specifically engineered around bigger displays, such as high-performance tablets, laptops, and high-res TVs. It’s specifically made to effectively enable for higher pixel density on high-performance displays, and since it’s specifically made around 8K displays, it should be able to do a very good job in this regard. According to Ham Yim, a Corning executive, they’ve learned what users need after years of close collaboration with users to “bring 8K resolution to larger devices and sets – low total pitch variation, low total thickness variation, and low sag”.
We should note, however, that Astra Glass is not the same thing as Gorilla Glass, nor is it engineered towards the same purpose. While Gorilla Glass is set to protect the displays in our smartphones—which are frequently subject to drops and scratches—Astra Glass is not a cover glass, but rather serves as a part of the glass stack that goes inside TV set. It does not protect against scratches or overall damage, as its purpose is to enhance the performance of a TV/laptop/tablet display. According to Corning, Astra Glass is set to join Corning’s portfolio of glass substrates, together with Gorilla Glass and Lotus NXT Glass, their solution for flexible OLEDs.
So far, though, we don’t know which devices exactly are set to launch with Corning’s new Astra Glass solution. We know it’s made for TVs, tablets, laptops, and other larger devices, but it shouldn’t be long before we start seeing devices launch with Astra Glass. The concept sounds exciting, and we can’t wait to know more about it.
This article was updated on May 27th, 2019 at the request of a Corning representative, who reached out to us to point out a mistake in the article’s writing. We had initially covered that Astra Glass was a variant of Gorilla Glass for high-performance displays, when they’re actually completely different things.