Corning is famous for its Gorilla Glass panels, so named because of how "tough" the company believes its display technology to be. Smartphones have been a major priority of the company's work in recent years, with the Samsung "Galaxies" and Apple "iPhones" of the world featuring Corning's GG displays, but smartwatches are a burgeoning market that hasn't been given the same kind of attention. Qualcomm is certainly trying to change the game by way of its Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor that is designed to make wearables more battery efficient, but Corning is adding to the effort by way of its new Gorilla Glass SR+ display designed for smartwatches and fitness wearables.
Gorilla Glass SR+ is so named for "scratch resistance," and the company says that its SR+ displays are the result of a year-long project (Project Phire, to be exact) to merge the tougness of Gorilla Glass (GG) displays with the scratch resistance of luxury materials such as Sapphire. The result is SR+, and Corning says that it is an improved and even better display tech than the current Gorilla Glass displays for wearables:
In lab tests, Corning Gorilla Glass SR+ demonstrated superior scratch resistance approaching that of alternative luxury cover materials, while delivering up to 70 percent better damage resistance against impacts and 25 percent better surface reflection than those alternative materials. Such step improvements in optical performance enable longer battery life and improved outdoor readability,
The company said in its own press release (which you can read here).
Corning's Gorilla Glass SR+ isn't waiting to appear; in fact, Korean Android OEM Samsung announced that its Gear S3 Frontier and Gear S3 Classic both feature Gorilla Glass SR+.