Japanese manufacturer Asahi Glass (AGC) has created a new flexible glass that could be used in future folding smartphones. The news arrives from OLED-Info (via SID ) which says chemically strengthened 0.07 mm glass will be discussed further at Display Week 2018 in May.
A number of smartphone manufacturers are tipped to launch smartphones with folding displays in the coming years—Samsung (responsible for this 2014 folding phone teaser , also seen at the top) being chief among them. However, the company’s Mobile boss DJ Kohhas said concerns over durability may hold a release back.
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Asahi Glass, which develops Corning Gorilla Glass competitor Dragontrail, claims its glass has a bending stress of more than 1200 megapascals (MPa), which is “equivalent to durability with a curvature radius of lower than 2.5mm.” Asahi Glass is also said to have achieved “80% higher impact-failure resistance” when compared to similar chemically strengthened glass—so it seems to be far ahead of the competition right now.
When it will be available in a commercial capacity remains to be seen, but it’s nonetheless a positive development for folding phones, and could help bring them a step closer to fruition.