The maker of Gorilla Glass is working on foldable displays

Gorilla Glass manufacturer Corning is developing a new version of its protective glass for foldable smartphones.

Speaking in an interview with Wired, Corning Gorilla Glass lead John Bayne said the company is working on a solution for the foldable display problem.

He said the biggest issue was balancing rigidity and structure with the tight bend radius required by a foldable design.

“In a glass solution, you’re really challenging the laws of physics, in that to get a very tight bend radius you want to go thinner and thinner, but you also have to be able to survive a drop event and resist damage,” Bayne said.

However, Corning is reportedly developing a 0.1mm-thick bendable glass which can resist drops and cracks while keeping a 5mm bend radius.

The company expects to roll out this technology in a couple of years, in time for the mainstream proliferation of foldable smartphones.

In the meantime, early devices such as the Galaxy Fold and the Huawei Mate X will continue to rely on plastic displays to ensure their products hold up to continued folding motions.

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The maker of Gorilla Glass is working on foldable displays