Samsung Files ‘Turtle Glass’ Trademark, Rumored To Part Ways With Corning’s Gorilla Glass

Samsung Files 'Turtle Glass' Trademark, Rumored To Part Ways With Corning's Gorilla Glass

Samsung could unwrap its own Turtle Glass displays soon. It is speculated to be an alternative to the Corning Gorilla Glass used in its smartphones.
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Gorilla Glass, deemed as the industry's leading brand in terms of protective tempered glasses, is widely used for tablet and smartphone displays, including in Samsung devices. However, rumors are making rounds of the Internet that the company might unveil its own Turtle Glass soon, which could be a Corning Gorilla Glass alternative.

Reports have surfaced that Samsung's Display Division has already issued a registration for the trademark of its new display dubbed Turtle Glass. Rumors are now quickly spreading that it will replace Gorilla Glass.

If the reports are true, this means the two companies will now part ways after long years of collaboration. After all, Samsung has largely relied on Corning for its smartphone displays.

Speculations say Turtle Glass might be used for the rumored Galaxy S7. Other reports say that Samsung might also use Turtle Glass for Project Valley, a foldable smartphone reportedly in the works.

Samsung's latest flagship smartphones use Corning's Gorilla Glass since the glass is touted to be scratch-resistan

However, other rumors indicate that Samsung might not entirely abandon Corning. A report cited the case of Qualcomm's chipsets as an example. It says Samsung still continues to release phones powered by Qualcomm's chipsets while it already has its own Exynos chipsets. Thus, it may also mean that Samsung could selectively use Turtle Glass as well.

In February, Tech Times reported that Corning took the wraps off Project Phire, a new glass that the company claimed as scratch-resistant like sapphire glass, but also tough like Gorilla Glass 4. Additionally, Corning touts Project Phire as drop-resistant.

"We told you last year that sapphire was great for scratch performance but didn't fare well when dropped," stated James Clappin, Corning executive. "So, we created a product that offers the same superior damage resistance and drop performance of Gorilla Glass 4 with scratch resistance that approaches sapphire."

Corning also supplies glass displays to Apple.