Folding Gorilla Glass Under Development

Folding Gorilla Glass Under Development
Corning is working on ultra-thin glass that can bend while still surviving being dropped.

(CCM) — Corning, the company behind the smash-resistant Gorilla Glass screens, is developing folding glass for the next generation of foldable phones, Engadget is reporting.

The current crop of "folding" devices, including the Galaxy Fold and the Huawei Mate X, use plastic polymers instead of glass for their screens, but these are liable to scratch and crease, the report says.

Corning is aiming to produce glass with a thickness of just 0.1mm, which is thin enough to bend to a radius of just 5mm without sacrificing strength or durability, Engadget says.

"In a glass solution, you're really challenging the laws of physics, in that to get a very tight bend radius you want to go thinner and thinner, but you also have to be able to survive a drop event and resist damage," John Bayne, Corning's Gorilla Glass general manager, said in the report.

Corning has not officially announced the product, but inside sources have told Wired magazine that folding Gorilla Glass could be ready to go to market in 2021.

Japan's AGC is also believed to be working on folding glass, and it could bring a product to market even sooner, according to the report.

Image: © Corning.