SCHOTT Challenges Corning’s Dominance of Cover Glass with Launch of “Nearly Unbreakable” Xensation α
In a direct challenge to Corning’s dominant position in smartphone cover glass, German glassmaker SCHOTT launched a new cover glass last week, Xensation Alpha (α), that they call “nearly unbreakable”. Xensation α is a chemically strengthened lithium alumino borosilicate (LABS) glass and the company believes it is the best of breed. According to SCHOTT’s, Xensation Alpha outperforms current aluminosilicate (AS) or lithium aluminosilicate (LAS) cover glass by up to 100% when it comes to drop performance and is less susceptible to scratches than commercially available AS and LAS glass substrates. SCHOTT also claimed that the new material offers significantly better drop performance from double the height compared to other LAS-based premium cover glasses. SCHOTT also claimed the new glass offers better scratch resistance than commercially available AS and LAS glass types and achieves the same performance whether its bent or flat.