Back in March, Dutch site Tweakers.net claimed that Dell was working on a new, improved version of its XPS 15 notebook. The report did not stop there though, going on to list some of the upcoming Ivy Bridge-powered notebook’s important features. It turns out the site was right.
Corning is best known for its ultra durable, scratch resistant Gorilla Glass found on a number of handheld and mobile device applications, but has now developed a type of ultra slim glass that can wrap around objects, opening the door to a world of possibilities. The flexible glass, called Willow Glass, is ultra-slim and ultimately ahead of its time, but according to Corning, it can still be used for increasingly thin devices while the world waits for bendable gadgets.
HP jumped into the Ultrabook game with its business-focused Folio 13, but the company's first foray into the consumer field is the product that caught all the buzz at CES. Like every Ultrabook, the super-sleek Envy 14 Spectre sports a Sandy Bridge processor and an SSD, but it also packs a higher display resolution than most of its competitors and Gorilla Glass on, well, pretty much everything. Why are we talking about it a month after CES? Because the Spectre just became available for preorder.
Manufacturers trying to build slimmer electronic devices are at the mercy of component makers, whose parts they have to build around. Corning is doing its part and unveiled its next generation Gorilla Glass 2 at the Consumer Electronics Show this week. Gorilla Glass 2 is up to 20 percent thinner than before, yet equally tough and resistant to scratches, Corning claims.
Even though the form factor is new, throw everything you know about Intel's Ultrabook concept out the window. Well, almost everything. Hewlett-Packard just unveiled its Envy 14 Spectre, a premium consumer Ultrabook coated with Gorilla Glass on the lid, display, palmrest, and HP ImagePad, and infused with a white glove treatment that includes a concierge service. Seriously.
Last month we reviewed Samsung’s Series 9 ultraportable notebook and found that, while it offered an exceedingly svelte and fashionable form factor, there was a performance trade-off to all that stylishness. Lenovo’s 13-inch ThinkPad X1 represents a completely different approach to ultraportability.
Corning Incorporated is pretty jazzed that its board of directors approved spending big bucks on expanding the company's LCD glass and Gorilla glass manufacturing, apparently "in response to strong market demand."
All told, the Gorilla glass maker will invest around $800 million to construct a new LCD glass substrate facility in China, with production of these super tough display panel covers expected to commence in the first half of 2012.
"The need for additional Gorilla glass capacity is based in part on the product's new application as a TV cover glass," Weeks explained. "Gorilla glass has already been embraced by information technology and handheld device makers, and the addition of the TV cover glass application creates a tremendous opportunity for further growth."
Gorilla glass is a protective cover already offered on a number of handheld devices and smartphones, offering superior damage and scratch resistance. By porting the technology over to LCD monitors and TVs, display makers would have an easier time reducing or perhaps even eliminating bezels, which are a particular distraction in multi-monitor setups.