ZTE Axon First to Use Antimicrobial Gorilla Glass

ZTE Axon First to Use Antimicrobial Gorilla Glass

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Corning has announced that ZTE’s upcoming flagship, the ZTE Axon, will be the world’s first smartphone to utilize their new Antimicrobial Gorilla Glass.

Announced back at CES 2014, the new Gorilla Glass variant utilizes ionic silver embedded into the glass surface to obliterate odor- and stain-causing bacteria, algae, mold, mildew, and fungi that may make themselves at home on your phone.

“Corning’s Antimicrobial Gorilla Glass inhibits the growth of algae, mold, mildew, fungi, and bacteria because of its built-in antimicrobial property, which is intrinsic to the glass and effective for the lifetime of a device.”

Though perhaps a solution in search of a problem, Corning is hoping their new glass will garner enough interest to keep it ahead of its competitors—such as Dragontrail—and at the same time keep your phone screen clean and clear.

The ZTE Axon is currently available for pre-order, unlocked, for $449.98. Its official release date is on August 1, 2015—a little more than a week from now.