It is here… The first Antimicrobial Gorilla Glass Smartphone.
Innovative technology is pushing the boundaries of invention even further than before. Below is an article released from The Silver Institute highlighting the first ever antibactiral phone cover. The assest comes from adding silver particles to glass covers. This is just one more example of how mined minerals make our lives better. Click here to see the original.
The Axon smartphone from China’s Shenzhen-based company ZTE reportedly is the first smartphone to use Corning’s silver-based Antimicrobial Gorilla Glass. The durable glass was first announced last year, (See Corning Adds Silver to Gorilla Glass First EPA-Registered Antimicrobial Cover Glass, February, 2014, Silver News), and now is being used on a fully functioning smartphone. Gorilla Glass is used because of its high-scratch resistance and hardness, which allows thin glass without fragility. More than 2 billion devices including smartphones, tablets and laptops from 33 major brands use the regular Gorilla Glass, according to Corning, and the glass can also be recycled. At the antimicrobial version’s introduction at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), James R. Steiner, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Corning Specialty Materials, said: “Corning’s Antibacterial Gorilla Glass inhibits the growth of algae, mold, mildew, fungi and bacteria because of its built-in antimicrobial property, which is intrinsic to the glass and effective for the lifetime of a device. This innovation combines best-in-class antimicrobial function without compromising Gorilla Glass properties. Our specialty glass provides an excellent substrate for engineering antimicrobial and other functional attributes to help expand the capabilities of our Corning Gorilla Glass and address the needs of new markets.” The Antibacterial Gorilla Glass is also being used in Automated Teller Machine (ATM) screens. (See Diebold, Corning Pioneer World’s First Antimicrobial Touch Screen for Automated Teller Machines, February, 2015, Silver News.) The Android-based phone sells for US$450.