Corning will soon be bringing their super strong protective coating to touch-enabled notebooks. Gorilla Glass NBT is said to provide enhanced scratch resistance, reduced scratch visibility and better retained strength once a scratch does occur.
NBT is an extension of the popular Gorilla Glass used on millions of smartphones and tablets around the world. As touch-enabled notebooks continue to gain traction in the market, Corning felt it necessary to release a product designed specifically for these devices. After all, touch-enabled notebooks have the potential to approach the size of the current smartphone market within the next few years.
With increased touch comes the potential for the glass on a display to break. Once that happens, the risk of breaking the cover glass increases as well. James R. Steiner, senior vice president and general manager, Corning Specialty Materials, said they are confident that NBT will outperform legacy soda lime glass, delivering eight to 10 times more scratch resistance.
Corning’s new technology does come at a cost, however. Steiner said Gorilla Glass NBT will represent just one to two percent of a notebook’s retail price. That seems like a fair tradeoff, especially when you consider that complain rates for scratching on notebooks are up four times compared to other mobile devices.
Corning Gorilla Glass NBT is now available with Dell being one of the first companies to utilize it. We are told that products featuring the new technology are expected to launch later this year.