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.Show Press Release
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 Android™ 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.
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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.