Corning, among Apple’s iPhone glass providers, is operating on elastic glass screens. The technology enables Apple along with other smartphone organizations to launch superior foldable smartphones as Samsung and Huawei now provide plastic polymer-based versions.
Based on a report, Corning is creating an ultra-slim elastic glass that is approximately 0.1mm thick and could be flexed into a 5mm radius. The glass manufacturer, however, admits it is still hoping to tackle a few of the challenges like ensuring glass keeps its sturdiness following a long term usage.
“The back of the problem we’re trying to break, the technical challenge, is, can you keep those tight 3- to 5-millimeter bend radii and also increase the damage resistance of the glass,” Corning’s John Bayne told Wired. “That’s the trajectory we’re on.”
Though Samsung and Huawei have succeeded in generating hype around foldable telephones, these goods are not yet been analyzed by actual users. Additionally, these products have been promoted as ‘luxury devices’ with costs crossing $1900.
From a tech perspective, Samsung Galaxy Fold and Huawei Mate X utilize plastic sheeting that is really flexible but the exact same can’t be said in their durability. Experts are of the belief that these versions might crease over the moment.
Motorola, which can be working on a Razer flip-phone-like cell phone, also pointed out in the potential defect in the very first creation of industrial foldable phones.
“We have glasses we’ve sampled to customers, and they’re functional, but they’re not quite meeting all the requirements,” Bayne noted. “People either want better performance against a drop event or a tighter bend radius. We can give them one or the other; the key is to give them both.”
Corning says it might take a couple of years for industrial handheld glass-based phones. Apple is believed to be intending a foldable iPhone at 2020 and is currently working with a couple of partners in Asia in this respect.