Corning is bringing Gorilla Glass to smartphone cameras after conquering phone displays. Corning has unveiled a new set of glass composites designed to protect the ever-increasing number of camera lenses on the backs of smartphones while also capturing more ambient light.
According to Corning, the new Gorilla Glass with DX and Gorilla Glass with DX+ composites have “advanced optical performance, excellent scratch resistance, and durability.”
Starting with Samsung devices, the company’s DX and DX+ series of damage-resistant glass will be offered for mobile camera lens coverings. Corning believes that its technology can improve the optical performance of smartphone cameras in addition to providing additional safety.
DX glass, according to the company, reduces the amount of light reflected by the camera cover lens. Even when an anti-reflective coating is used, around 92 percent of transmitted light enters a smartphone camera.
Corning claims that a camera lens with DX/DX+ on the outside can capture 98 percent of light, reducing optical difficulties like ghosting. A bright light source, either during daytime or in low-light situations, frequently causes these reflections. Ghosting, also known as ghost reflections, can be reduced by using lens hoods and coatings on lens surfaces.
Maximizing the quantity of light that smartphones can collect while reducing reflections and glare is beneficial to getting the most out of smartphone cameras. It could also supply more data for the various computational processes that are increasingly commonplace in smartphone photography.
Corning launched a version of Gorilla Glass with DX / DX+ for smartwatches as early as 2018, thus this DX variant of composite isn’t entirely new. However, Corning claims that switching to smartphone camera lens coverings presented extra issues because the glass needed to be more scratch-resistant while also allowing more light to get through, two attributes that can be at conflict.
In the video below, Corning explains how it achieved both improvements:
Some smartphone manufacturers are already collaborating with specialized vendors to solve the problem. On their high-end phones, both Sony and Vivo use a Zeiss coating to increase light transmission while reducing flares, ghosting, and reflections.
Corning also provides the benefit of durability and has strong ties with the industry’s leading smartphone manufacturers. DX glass is scratch resistant, according to the company, and DX+ glass approaches the scratch resistance of Sapphire, which is used in high-end watches due to its Grade 9 on the Mohs scale — a system for rating the hardness of various minerals. It might even allow you to get rid of your smartphone case.
The company says Gorilla Glass is now used on 8 billion gadgets by more than 45 major brands. Gorilla Glass DX is also found on over 30 million wearable devices. Apple invested $450 million in the company in 2017 and 2019 as part of two distinct investments, recognizing its critical role as a supplier.
Corning says Samsung is the first firm to use the new Gorilla Glass camera lens coverings, but the company hasn’t said which phones will have the new glass composites. With Samsung’s Unpacked event on August 11th fast approaching, it’s possible that we’ll see the glass in action sooner than we think.