Dedicated digital cameras are largely a thing of the past — nobody must carry around a camera once they can whip out their smartphone and take all the pictures they need. However, there’s a downside: your phone is heavily utilized in ways your old camera likely wasn’t, which means one big issue: scratches on the optical lens.
Once your phone’s optical lens is scratched, it’s just about game over for your mobile photography ambitions until you get the lens replaced. Unfortunately, this process often involves dissecting the whole phone and counting on the model. It is often quite expensive, leaving many to accept their fate and take slightly less clear images instead.
Corning is here with a special solution within the new glass composites called Gorilla Glass with DX and Gorilla Glass with DX+. Both glass options are designed to be used with camera lenses found on smartphones, boosting their durability and scratch resistance while offering what Corning calls “advanced optical performance.”
Traditionally speaking, camera lenses feature coatings that reduce glares while improving light transmission. This leads to higher-quality images, but with the downside that the lenses are more susceptible to scratches.
Corning says its new Gorilla Glass composites offer the simplest of both worlds by improving the optical performance while also making the lenses durable. Samsung will be the primary company to feature Gorilla Glass DX in its mobile cameras, consistent with Corning. However, we’ll likely see an equivalent composite offered on high-end phones from other manufacturers within the relatively near future, as well.