According to Corning, your smartphone shouldn't be the only device with an extra-tough screen. The company just unveiled Gorilla Glass SR+, which is an extra-durable display glass made specifically to allow smartwatches to take a beating. Expect it to land on devices by late this year.
Based on Corning's lab tests, Gorilla Glass SR+ delivers 70 percent better damage resistance against impacts and 25 percent percent better surface reflection compared to "alternative luxury cover materials." Corning also says that SR+ offers "superior scratch resistance" to anything else on the market.
We don't yet know what specific smartwatches will utilize Gorilla Glass SR+, but the new glass seems like a natural fit for wearable owners -- particularly those with active lifestyles. Devices such as the Samsung Gear Fit 2 and Moto 360 Sport are built for being used on tracks and trails as well as at gyms, and the new Gorilla Glass could help keep them intact should they take a spill in the middle of the workout.
The arrival of Gorilla Glass SR+ also makes us wonder if Corning's extra-resilient smartwatch glass will make its way to the highly-anticipated Apple Watch 2. As Apple Insider points out, every iPhone is known to use of some sort of Gorilla Glass, despite Apple's resistance to revealing the smartphone's components. The next Apple Watch is rumored to offer better standalone functionality, a better battery and richer app support, and the extra layer of durability provided by SR+ could certainly give consumers another reason to pick one up.
But even if Apple says no to Gorilla Glass SR+, there are plenty of smartwatches from the likes of Samsung, LG and Motorola that could make use of having a nearly unbreakable screen. We're eager to see just how much we can beat up this upcoming wave of Gorilla Glass smartwatches as they start to trickle out later this year.