Alfred Poor: Corning Gorilla Glass NBT Touchscreen Tech (hands on)

Written by Alfred Poor

Alfred Poor does a deep dive analysis on new Corning Gorilla Glass NBT tech for touchscreens. He couldn’t break the glass — and he tried. Here’s how it works — plus video. — I bet you’re familiar with Corning Gorilla Glass, the scratch- and crack-resistant glass so many smartphones and tablets use these days. I recently took a long hard look at the new Corning Glass NBT cover glass for touch screen displays.

According to Corning execs, Corning Gorilla Glass is strengthened using its ion exchange process. And Corning, with Corning Glass NBT, has managed to reduce the thickness from 0.7 mm to 0.4 mm. This means that the glass is about half as thick. Which means it also weighs half as much as the glass the Corning Glass NBT replaces.

In an ultralight touchscreen device, where every gram counts, this makes a difference.

But the real benefit I noticed after checking out Corning Gorilla Glass NBT, hands-on, is in how it resists damage. Scroll below my video analysis below to get more details on this new tech from Corning.

Video: Alfred Poor for aNewDomain and aNewDomainTV/shooter Al Green and exec producer Justin Webb for aNewDomainTV

As you see in my video above, I had no trouble breaking off the edge of a 0.7mm-thick soda lime glass. When I tried to do the same with the Corning Gorilla Glass NBT, and it was only 0.4 mm thick, I almost broke the pencil that I pushed with. And the Corning NBT glass still wouldn’t break.

Corning representatives are happy to jump up and down over this new technology. And I saw why first hand.

Watch the video interview above. I counducted it with Corning execs at Mobile World Congress 2014 about Corning Gorilla Glass NBT.  And check out the analysis I did on Corning’s new anti-microbial Gorilla Glass here.

For, I’m Alfred Poor.

Based in bucolic Bucks County PA, Alfred Poor is a senior technologist here at A 30-year tech journalism vet, he’s internationally renowned for his coverage of displays. He is easily distracted by shiny, sparkly gadgets and that’s why he is covering consumer tech for us, too. Contact Alfred at, follow him @AlfredPoor and find the +Alfred Poor Google+ stream here. Alfred also is a professional speaker, a bluegrass musician and a sailor. Check out his LinkedIn profile for more.


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