Corning is the company responsible for making the much-feared beast of the jungle―the gorilla―a much-loved household name. Nope, the company hasn't taken up the conservation of the animal, nor have they launched a campaign to bring the gorilla to your home! Corning are the makers of Gorilla Glass, the same ultra-strong glass that adorns the display of most of our high-end gadgets. The company has a monopoly when it comes to screen protection solutions for smartphones, and has been virtually unchallenged throughout its reign. Well, a new company on the block, GT Advanced Technologies, has ruffled quite a few feathers in the Corning camp with its latest sapphire glass offering. The company grabbed headlines after it forged an alliance with one of America's most trusted brands, Apple.
Comparing Sapphires and Gorillas!According to popular tech site, ExtremeTech, a smartphone-sized sheet of sapphire glass would cost about USD 30. A Gorilla Glass sheet of the same size costs about USD 3.
According to documents released by popular tech site 9to5mac, the Cupertino-based company has struck a USD 578 million deal with the sapphire glass manufacturer to open and operate a manufacturing facility in Mesa, Arizona. So, are we gonna see a new trend in the mobile industry with smartphones opting for sapphire over gorilla? The current market leader hasn't launched a 'Save the Gorilla' campaign just yet. In fact, Corning is confident about Gorilla thumping its chest after trampling over sapphire! Both the screen solutions have their advantages and drawbacks. Here's a look at the hits and misses of sapphire glass and those of Gorilla Glass.
Sapphire Glass Vs. Gorilla Glass
As things stand at the moment, sapphire glass is just not feasible enough to be considered by smartphone manufacturers. But all that could change with Apple, which has over the years become quite the trendsetter, taking keen interest in this glass. Speculations are rife about this glass featuring on an 'i' product soon. For now though, Gorilla Glass surely has the upper hand. To sum it up, we would like to use an analogy from the world of comics to explain the current status of the Gorilla Glass Vs. sapphire glass war―if Gorilla Glass is the Superman of the glass world, sapphire glass is its plumpier version who has kryptonite for lunch! Cheers.