Corning’s new Gorilla Glass protects smartphone camera lenses and lets in more light

Corning announced a new set of glass composites to protect the ever-growing number of camera lenses on the backs of smartphones while capturing more ambient light. The new composites, called Gorilla Glass with DX and Gorilla Glass with DX+, provide “advanced optical performance, superior scratch resistance and durability,” Corning said.

Technically, this DX variety of composite is not entirely new, Corning offered a version of Gorilla Glass with DX / DX+ for smartwatches as early as 2018. But Corning says the move to smartphone camera lens covers presented additional challenges as the glass had to be more scratch-resistant and somehow allow more light to pass through, two qualities that can be at odds. Corning explains how it achieved both improvements in the video below:

Corning tells wired that Gorilla Glass with DX and Gorilla Glass with DX+ let in 98 percent of the ambient light and yet are just as scratch-resistant as typical Gorilla Glass. In comparison, Corning claims that lens covers with traditional anti-reflective coatings only let about 95 percent of light through. Maximizing the amount of light smartphones can collect, while reducing reflections and glare, is helpful in squeezing better performance out of smartphone cameras. It can also provide more information about the variety of computational processes that are now the norm in smartphone photography.

The company hasn’t announced which phones will feature the new glass composites, but Corning does say Samsung has been signed up as the first company to use the new Gorilla Glass camera lens covers. With the Unpacked event that Samsung has planned for August 11 fast approaching on the horizon, we may see the glass in action sooner than we expect.