The tablet market is poised for a meteoric jolt towards ubiquity. It's hard to look at all the sweet new tablets due out this year and expect anything but growth for the form-factor. But the folks at Corning are actually in a position to know about the growth of this market- they make Gorilla Glass.
Right now the big name in toughened glass is Corning, whose Gorilla Glass is found fronting devices such as Dell's Streak and Samsung's Galaxy Tab, but it seems the company has some competition ahead. Asahi Glass Company is launching Dragontrail, a chemically-strengthened glass that's supposedly six-times stronger than regular soda-lime glass.
Well would you look at that, the perfect phone. All it took was a couple extra panels and there it was, all conceptualized and turned into a short ad for the world to see. This is a vision of a smartphone that takes the idea of flipping out an extra section (for a keyboard, for a speaker, etc.,) and took it a couple steps further. Designer Kristian Ulrich Larsen presents one lovely triangle.
As you might already know, our man in the field Vincent was at PEPCOM last night checkin out all the fun electronics - but what was also there? Some sweet, undefeatable Gorilla Glass! This is the sort of glass the toughest devices with screens are apt to use - definitely not a low-grade situation. Gorilla Glass is made to last. Not to scratch, and definitely not to break. Over to the Gorilla Glass table last night and we were treated to a lovely demo by a nice man who let Vincent demo the glass by doing no less than attempting his hardest to break it. Fun!
Gorilla Glass is tough stuff, but if you want more evidence than just a press release then how about someone shooting a Samsung Galaxy Tab at around a meter-range with a CO2 powered air pistol? The shot - carried out by one Gorilla-confident YouTuber metafonic - is certainly sufficient to smash regular glass, but three steel pellets fail to produce even a scratch on the Galaxy Tab's display.
Let me talk to you for a moment about a couple of the odder things that happened today, and this is outside the story you're going to hear about in the special "The Daily Slash" section you all know and love. First, there's a lot of ports, ROMS, and hacks flying around the smartphone world on a day-to-day, but today there was a rather important one surfacing: Android to iPhone. Like two rival gangs having a child together. No violence between them yet, but someone DID get shot today - a Galaxy Tab. In response, Angry Birds released 45 new levels, and someone records a UFO on an HTC EVO 4G. TRON throws a card into the hat with their 3rd giant trailer, iPhone's GLASSGATE ramps up, and all Apple handhelds grow a little tail. All this and more, today, on THE DAILY SLASH!
Whether or not you feel comfortable putting the Samsung Galaxy Tab into your pocket, we now at least know that it should stand a pretty good chance of not shattering while it's in there. Corning has confirmed that their toughened Gorilla Glass will be protecting the Galaxy Tab's 7-inch touchscreen.
The Samsung Galaxy S smartphone is one of the more interesting smartphones that has landed of late. The device is being offered on three of the major carriers under various names. For instance on AT&T it is the Samsung Captivate.