Feb 08 AT 2:55 PM Nick Sarafolean 4 Comments

Corning’s Project Phire offers drop protection and superior scratch resistance


Corning has a new composite material that aims to combine the drop resistance of Gorilla Glass 4 with the incredible scratch resistance of sapphire. Dubbed Project Phire, the composite material is Corning’s next move in the world of smartphone glass. Corning’s Gorilla Glass has been used in most high-end smartphones for the past few years, but the company recently faced the loss of a major customer as Apple looked to transition to sapphire displays. Due to a series of problems with Apple’s sapphire provider, the company turned back to Gorilla Glass, but it was enough to get Corning busy developing a new technology.

While sapphire is extremely scratch resistant, it shatters easily, making it prone to drops. Corning’s Gorilla Glass is hardened for impact protection, but is quite susceptible to scratches, which easily occur when put in a pocket with keys. Project Phire takes the impact protection of Gorilla Glass 4 and combines it with a scratch resistance that’s nearly as strong as sapphire.

The composite material is still being developed, but Corning says that it plans to begin selling the material to manufacturers later this year.


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  • BlazeHN

    I want something that let me free of ugly cases, knowing that of I drop my phone the screen won’t shatter and also won’t be scratched while on my pocket. Hope this is the solution for both problems.

  • charlie88

    “While sapphire is extremely scratch resistant, it shatters easily, making it prone to drops.”

    Sapphire isn’t prone to drops. It’s prone to shattering/shatters.

    I’d say a phone is prone to drops when it’s weight is not really evenly distributed or it’s slippery.

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