May 03 AT 11:14 AM Edgar Cervantes 36 Comments

Super thin Samsung Galaxy S II actually has Gorilla glass

The Samsung Galaxy S II is one of the most anticipated devices of the year since being unveiled at Mobile World Congress. Though most of the credit for its popularity has to be given to its specs, one of the main attractions of the Galaxy S II is found in the design.

The Galaxy S II is a beautiful gadget, and it is only 1/3 of an inch thick (remember the commercial of the guy slipping the phone under the door?). Though such thinness is very attractive feature in this device, it also raises concerns, one of the main being that it might be dangerously frail. If you are worried about the possibility of destroying the Galaxy S II upon its first drop, you may now put your mind at ease knowing that the Samsung Galaxy S II features a Gorilla glass display.

If you don’t know about Gorilla glass (also featured in the Dell Streak), it is a type of screen that is practically indestructible. The Galaxy S II’s Gorilla glass provider is Corning, inc., and you can be sure that they will be keeping you from cracking that screen. Corning has put together a couple of videos, proving the strength of their product, so check them out after the break.


Stay tuned for more news about the Samsung Galaxy S II (We would really like an official release date, Samsung!), and as always, please share your comments and opinions with us. Were you guys even that worried about the the device’s apparent fragility? Does the addition of Gorilla glass make you more inclined to purchase a Samsung Galaxy S II? Sound off in the comments below.

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Samsung’s Premium Smartphone GALAXY S II Features Corning® Gorilla® Glass

Leading Cover Glass Applied to Advanced Mobile Visual Display

CORNING, N.Y., May 02, 2011 — Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., a leading mobile phone provider, and Corning Incorporated (NYSE: GLW), a world leader in specialty glass and ceramics, announced today that Corning® Gorilla® Glass has been designed into the GALAXY S II, Samsung Electronics’ most powerful smartphone.

The Samsung GALAXY S II, launched at February’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, is a dual-core-smartphone powered by the Androidâ„¢ 2.3 (Gingerbread) platform, and packed with rich multimedia and data communication features. Thin, lightweight Corning Gorilla Glass, used as a damage-resistant cover, helps enable the sleek-yet-durable mobile design of Samsung GALAXY S II.

Continuing a tradition of 160 years of innovation in materials science and technology, Corning Gorilla Glass is an environmentally friendly glass designed specifically to function as a cover glass for high-end display devices such as smartphones, tablets, notebook PCs, and televisions.

Hankil Yoon, Vice President of Smartphone Product Planning, Samsung Electronics, said “GALAXY S II features the next-generation Super-AMOLED-Plus in strikingly slim and modern design, taking Samsung’s leadership in mobile screen technology to a whole new level. Corning Gorilla Glass has enabled super-slim mobility on the high-quality touch display on GALAXY S II.”

“Corning Gorilla Glass has now become the leading strengthened glass standard for the continuously evolving mobile device market,” added James R. Steiner, senior vice president and general manager, Corning Specialty Materials. “Following last year’s cooperation on the GALAXY S and GALAXY Tab, we are excited to provide Corning’s unparalleled glass expertise for GALAXY S II.”

Gorilla Glass is a thin-and light-weight material which supports the seamless full-glass fronts of the most sophisticated device designs. Because it is strengthened at the molecular level, its ability to resist damage creates a performance advantage over other cover materials.

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2010 consolidated sales of US$135.8 billion. Employing approximately 190,500 people in 206 offices across 68 countries, the company consists of eight independently operated business units: Visual Display, Mobile Communications, Telecommunication Systems, Digital Appliances, IT Solutions, Digital Imaging, Semiconductor and LCD. Recognized as one of the fastest growing global brands, Samsung Electronics is a leading producer of digital TVs, semiconductor chips, mobile phones and TFT-LCDs. For more information, please visit www.samsung.com.

Forward-Looking and Cautionary Statements
This press release contains “forward-looking statements” (within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995), which are based on current expectations and assumptions about Corning’s financial results and business operations, that involve substantial risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially. These risks and uncertainties include: the effect of global political, economic and business conditions; conditions in the financial and credit markets; currency fluctuations; tax rates; product demand and industry capacity; competition; reliance on a concentrated customer base; manufacturing efficiencies; cost reductions; availability of critical components and materials; new product commercialization; pricing fluctuations and changes in the mix of sales between premium and non-premium products; new plant start-up or restructuring costs; possible disruption in commercial activities due to terrorist activity, armed conflict, political or financial instability, natural disasters, adverse weather conditions, or major health concerns; adequacy of insurance; equity company activities; acquisition and divestiture activities; the level of excess or obsolete inventory; the rate of technology change; the ability to enforce patents; product and components performance issues; retention of key personnel; stock price fluctuations; and adverse litigation or regulatory developments. These and other risk factors are detailed in Corning’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the day that they are made, and Corning undertakes no obligation to update them in light of new information or future events.

About Corning Incorporated
Corning Incorporated (www.corning.com) is the world leader in specialty glass and ceramics. Drawing on 160 years of materials science and process engineering knowledge, Corning creates and makes keystone components that enable high-technology systems for consumer electronics, mobile emissions control, telecommunications and life sciences. Our products include glass substrates for LCD televisions, computer monitors and laptops; ceramic substrates and filters for mobile emission control systems; optical fiber, cable, hardware & equipment for telecommunications networks; optical biosensors for drug discovery; and other advanced optics and specialty glass solutions for a number of industries including semiconductor, aerospace, defense, astronomy and metrology.

Via: Android Central

Source: Corning

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  • http://Website Matthew

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  • http://Website Edward

    I think that Samsung has some definite quality issues to overcome from the Galaxy S line. In order to persuade me to buy another Galaxy anything from them, they are doing to need to prove that a) the GPS works reliably, b) updates will be timely, even if they have to go through the carriers, and c) that full support of all features works at release. No more waiting for apps to be able to use the hardware. Front camera, I’m looking at you.

    Once Samsung has established that they can do all of the above, yeah, I’d consider getting the Galaxy S II.

    • http://Website wapu

      “a) the GPS works reliably” – Agreed, although Google had a hand (or lack thereof) in this too. This was a bug in the code that needed fixing from the start. Also, GPS isn’t that reliable in many places unless you run network assisted GPS in conjunction.

      “b) updates will be timely, even if they have to go through the carriers” – Good luck with that. Try getting Motorola and HTC on board with timely updates while your at it. Buy Nexus (HTC), or Nexus S (Samsung coincidentally) if you want updates on time.

      “c) that full support of all features works at release. No more waiting for apps to be able to use the hardware. Front camera, I’m looking at you” – This was a problem in the Android OS that wasn’t addressed until GB. The native camera app wasn’t initially coded to take advantage of more than one camera. Manufacturers had to modify the code in order to do so. Likewise, 3rd party apps had to write their code to specifically use a front facing camera (in lieu of the default rear-facing one). Code in GB allows for native transition.

      • Jeffroid

        I believe the GPS problem has been resolved on SGS2…

        SGS despite its flaws, is still a potential power phone and you can see from the justified sales of the phone. It will just get better from SGS2, and you can’t deny that SGS2 is a specifications-filled phone. Personally I can’t see any flaws from this phone from a “non-hands-on” point of view, except that it is still the plastic build that Samsung has always been using.

  • http://Website Levi

    What I can’t understand, is why we don’t have more products using this stuff. Sure it costs more, but it’s a lot cheaper than replacing a screen, or the whole device… Think of replacing that new 60″ OLED TV that your child just sent that Wii mote through

  • http://Website Josh

    My MyTouch 4G has Corning Gorilla Glass and I cannot believe how much abuse it can take without showing any signs of wear. My device does not have a single scratch on it as of yet and the clarity is amazing. It is a must have for any phone I buy from now on.

  • http://Website CelticsSweepHeat

    Deciding between this and the Evo 3d is not going to be an easy task!

  • http://Website Hans

    Ah,my next phone. This is gorgeous and amazing.

  • http://Website Micah

    Give us a release date already!!! The gorilla glass is just icing on the top.

  • http://Website Greg

    Old news.

  • http://Website Phil G

    Ive had my Vibrant since last july, and my screen is still flawless, im a landscaper so the back, chrome,and body is scratched beyond repair, but i take microfiber cloth to screen and cant find 1 ding,scratch,swirl,or mark, thanks corning. Even with its flaws,the galaxy S is still one of best (minus radio and front camera removal),and still has one of top displays, i will be buying a galaxy s II.

  • http://Website andy-roid

    my galaxy s has had it since it was released last year so its nothing new

  • http://Website matb321

    The Iphone 4 has gorilla glass and that phone can be broken very easily from what ive seen.

  • http://Website tarek

    the iphone has tempered glass supposedly used by nasa in space shuttles but i dare u drop your precious iphone 4 onto concrete see how strong it really is compared to gorilla glass

  • http://Website flocka

    i dont think thats what hes saying haha

  • http://Website icedtia

    Why is this a big deal? A TON of phones have Gorilla Glass. Corning has a whole list of all the products that use it: http://www.corninggorillaglass.com/#featured-products

  • http://Website THIS IS FRAGMENTATION

    Gorilla glass? truly, this phone is made for monkeys!!!!

    • http://Website Hans

      The iPhone: So dumbed down,even a caveman can use it.

  • http://Website wapu

    Why hate???

    Galaxy S was one of the best phones (hardware) to come out. The vast majority of the issues were software related (some google, mostly Samsung), but the pace at which everything has accelerated over the last two years these software glitches come as no surprise. I do not think it is newsworthy to say the Galaxy S II has Gorilla Glass, since the first Galaxy S had it and pretty much made it famous with the viral Youtube videos people uploaded displaying the effort it takes to destroy it.

    Having said that, I love the hardware specs in the Galaxy S II. I still expect to have some software issues, be they from Samsung or Google. I KNOW that updates will continue to come 6 months late. But it is almost stupid to by a phone from any vendor on the promise of future deliveries. If you don’t like what it does now, don’t buy it.

    Finally, the thing I like most (beyond the hardware) is the fact that I can still root the damn thing, remove the bloat-ware that comes with every phone (except nexus series) and customize the hell out of it.

  • http://Website Raptor

    I do not like couple things in GS2

    - Too much bezel. Make better the screen 4.5″ like in one of new AT&T phones or even 4.7″ with no body increase.

    - With such screen sizes the resolution must be 1280×800 to reach the threshold of pixelation.

    - Battery must be >2000 mAh, ideally 3000mAh, i do not need these additional 1.5mm or ultrathinnes at the expenses of battery life.

    I had pretty good battery life before, but bought recently 3500mAh battery for Galaxy S and now (almost totally) happy by torturing the phone the whole day and night. 12 hours nonstop browsing! Would be better though if designers have planned larger batteries. Sacrificing 1mm of thickness is reasonable expense and can be technically done.

  • http://Website dick cheney (deer hunter)

    its going to suck.
    trust me.
    its a samsung.

  • http://hand-gadget.com Alex

    I’m pretty sure the Galaxy S2 will be a big hit in America. All they need are some cool commercials to effectively advertise the phone. Here’s more of what I think will make this phone a hit: http://wp.me/p1wchx-17

  • http://Website cb2000a

    A really nice phone. Hey, this glass should be required on all homes built on golf courses (at the side that faces the golf course.

  • http://Website Shane13133

    samsung will always suck that’s just the way it will always be

  • AME

    Based on its specs, the phone appears (on paper) to be awesome. However…

    THE PHONE IS WORTHLESS IF IT IS NEVER RELEASED!!! Samsung is as bad at rolling out release dates as they are about software updates.

  • http://androidandme.com pawnesh

    Samsung Galaxy S II is very nice and very cool cell phone for todays genaration .

  • http://Website CactusCat

    I don’t think it will suck nearly as much as your mother does.

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  • http://Website V♂

    i agree, the iphone is much better!!

  1. MatthewGuest 4 years ago

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  2. EdwardGuest 4 years ago

    I think that Samsung has some definite quality issues to overcome from the Galaxy S line. In order to persuade me to buy another Galaxy anything from them, they are doing to need to prove that a) the GPS works reliably, b) updates will be timely, even if they have to go through the carriers, and c) that full support of all features works at release. No more waiting for apps to be able to use the hardware. Front camera, I’m looking at you.

    Once Samsung has established that they can do all of the above, yeah, I’d consider getting the Galaxy S II.

    • wapuGuest 4 years ago

      “a) the GPS works reliably” – Agreed, although Google had a hand (or lack thereof) in this too. This was a bug in the code that needed fixing from the start. Also, GPS isn’t that reliable in many places unless you run network assisted GPS in conjunction.

      “b) updates will be timely, even if they have to go through the carriers” – Good luck with that. Try getting Motorola and HTC on board with timely updates while your at it. Buy Nexus (HTC), or Nexus S (Samsung coincidentally) if you want updates on time.

      “c) that full support of all features works at release. No more waiting for apps to be able to use the hardware. Front camera, I’m looking at you” – This was a problem in the Android OS that wasn’t addressed until GB. The native camera app wasn’t initially coded to take advantage of more than one camera. Manufacturers had to modify the code in order to do so. Likewise, 3rd party apps had to write their code to specifically use a front facing camera (in lieu of the default rear-facing one). Code in GB allows for native transition.

      • I believe the GPS problem has been resolved on SGS2…

        SGS despite its flaws, is still a potential power phone and you can see from the justified sales of the phone. It will just get better from SGS2, and you can’t deny that SGS2 is a specifications-filled phone. Personally I can’t see any flaws from this phone from a “non-hands-on” point of view, except that it is still the plastic build that Samsung has always been using.

  3. LeviGuest 4 years ago

    What I can’t understand, is why we don’t have more products using this stuff. Sure it costs more, but it’s a lot cheaper than replacing a screen, or the whole device… Think of replacing that new 60″ OLED TV that your child just sent that Wii mote through

  4. JoshGuest 4 years ago

    My MyTouch 4G has Corning Gorilla Glass and I cannot believe how much abuse it can take without showing any signs of wear. My device does not have a single scratch on it as of yet and the clarity is amazing. It is a must have for any phone I buy from now on.

  5. CelticsSweepHeatGuest 4 years ago

    Deciding between this and the Evo 3d is not going to be an easy task!

  6. HansGuest 4 years ago

    Ah,my next phone. This is gorgeous and amazing.

  7. MicahGuest 4 years ago

    Give us a release date already!!! The gorilla glass is just icing on the top.

  8. GregGuest 4 years ago

    Old news.

  9. Phil GGuest 4 years ago

    Ive had my Vibrant since last july, and my screen is still flawless, im a landscaper so the back, chrome,and body is scratched beyond repair, but i take microfiber cloth to screen and cant find 1 ding,scratch,swirl,or mark, thanks corning. Even with its flaws,the galaxy S is still one of best (minus radio and front camera removal),and still has one of top displays, i will be buying a galaxy s II.

  10. andy-roidGuest 4 years ago

    my galaxy s has had it since it was released last year so its nothing new

  11. matb321Guest 4 years ago

    The Iphone 4 has gorilla glass and that phone can be broken very easily from what ive seen.

  12. tarekGuest 4 years ago

    the iphone has tempered glass supposedly used by nasa in space shuttles but i dare u drop your precious iphone 4 onto concrete see how strong it really is compared to gorilla glass

  13. flockaGuest 4 years ago

    i dont think thats what hes saying haha

  14. icedtiaGuest 4 years ago

    Why is this a big deal? A TON of phones have Gorilla Glass. Corning has a whole list of all the products that use it: http://www.corninggorillaglass.com/#featured-products

  15. THIS IS FRAGMENTATIONGuest 4 years ago

    Gorilla glass? truly, this phone is made for monkeys!!!!

  16. wapuGuest 4 years ago

    Why hate???

    Galaxy S was one of the best phones (hardware) to come out. The vast majority of the issues were software related (some google, mostly Samsung), but the pace at which everything has accelerated over the last two years these software glitches come as no surprise. I do not think it is newsworthy to say the Galaxy S II has Gorilla Glass, since the first Galaxy S had it and pretty much made it famous with the viral Youtube videos people uploaded displaying the effort it takes to destroy it.

    Having said that, I love the hardware specs in the Galaxy S II. I still expect to have some software issues, be they from Samsung or Google. I KNOW that updates will continue to come 6 months late. But it is almost stupid to by a phone from any vendor on the promise of future deliveries. If you don’t like what it does now, don’t buy it.

    Finally, the thing I like most (beyond the hardware) is the fact that I can still root the damn thing, remove the bloat-ware that comes with every phone (except nexus series) and customize the hell out of it.

  17. RaptorGuest 4 years ago

    I do not like couple things in GS2

    - Too much bezel. Make better the screen 4.5″ like in one of new AT&T phones or even 4.7″ with no body increase.

    - With such screen sizes the resolution must be 1280×800 to reach the threshold of pixelation.

    - Battery must be >2000 mAh, ideally 3000mAh, i do not need these additional 1.5mm or ultrathinnes at the expenses of battery life.

    I had pretty good battery life before, but bought recently 3500mAh battery for Galaxy S and now (almost totally) happy by torturing the phone the whole day and night. 12 hours nonstop browsing! Would be better though if designers have planned larger batteries. Sacrificing 1mm of thickness is reasonable expense and can be technically done.

  18. dick cheney (deer hunter)Guest 4 years ago

    its going to suck.
    trust me.
    its a samsung.

  19. AlexGuest 4 years ago

    I’m pretty sure the Galaxy S2 will be a big hit in America. All they need are some cool commercials to effectively advertise the phone. Here’s more of what I think will make this phone a hit: http://wp.me/p1wchx-17

  20. cb2000aGuest 4 years ago

    A really nice phone. Hey, this glass should be required on all homes built on golf courses (at the side that faces the golf course.

  21. Shane13133Guest 4 years ago

    samsung will always suck that’s just the way it will always be

  22. Based on its specs, the phone appears (on paper) to be awesome. However…

    THE PHONE IS WORTHLESS IF IT IS NEVER RELEASED!!! Samsung is as bad at rolling out release dates as they are about software updates.

  23. pawneshGuest 4 years ago

    Samsung Galaxy S II is very nice and very cool cell phone for todays genaration .

  24. CactusCatGuest 4 years ago

    I don’t think it will suck nearly as much as your mother does.

  25. MatthewGuest 4 years ago

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  26. MatthewGuest 4 years ago

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  27. V♂Guest 4 years ago

    i agree, the iphone is much better!!