Samsung introduced its first smartphone with curved edges back in 2015, eventually making all flagships with such screens up to the newest Galaxy Note9. The screen proved to be a weak point and a shattered Gorilla Glass is not something unusual among Samsung smartphone owners.
According to a patent on WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization), the Korean company decided to take the matter into its own hands and patented self-healing oleophobic coating that is applied on the Gorilla Glass.
Samsung is currently using standard oleophobic coating on its smartphones, protecting the Gorilla Glass 5 at the front and back panels. Since the oleophobic coating also keeps massive fingerprints away, the self-generating substance should provide even smoother experience over time.
Self-regenerating coating might also be the solution towards a flexible screen. We’ve been hearing about the foldable Samsung Galaxy X for quite some time, but latest information coming from South Korea suggested an early-2019 introduction of the phone as a third flagship line right along the Galaxy S and Galaxy Note.
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