Dragontrail vs. Gorilla: The Super Tough Glass Game Is On
By Kit Eaton|
January 21, 2011
The touchscreen mobile device business is getting tougher--in more ways than one. Japan's Asahi glass has a new super-tough material called Dragontrail that's aiming to steal some of Corning Gorilla's market.
Ashai is Japan's biggest glassmaker, and it just launched the new Dragontrail material with a fair amount of pomp and circumstance in Japan. The glass is said to be six times stronger than conventional glass, stronger than typical window soda-lime glass and has a "beautiful, pristine finish," according to press materials. It can directly resist scratches (reporters at the event invited to try to damage a sample with a key) and a small, millimeter-thin sample can stand up to 60 kilos of weight by bending before breaking. Check out the demonstration video below:
Asahi is really confident in its product, and expects it to earn well over $350 million of revenue when it's settled into the market in 2012. Ultimately, it hopes to capture up to 30% of its market.
This is no small sum, but it's dwarfed by some expectations for Asahi's big competitor, Corning, with its similar Gorilla glass material, a stressed alkali-aluminosilicate glass that's used on the iPhone and other high-profile devices. Gorilla's 2011 revenues may reach $1 billion.
One big factor driving this new market are the ever-increasing number of portable gadgets we own. Not only do we now carry more digital electronics around with us, but thanks to innovations like the iPhone these gizmos are sporting larger and larger screens--making them more vulnerable to damage by accidental drops or the display-wrecking effects of a scratch caused by sliding a phone into a pocket full of urban detritus. Toughened safety glass that also possesses high optical quality (needed for today's tablet PCs and smartphones) can prevent a lot of this damage.
It also allows bold design decisions to be tried out: like Apple's iPhone 4, which relies on glass for some of its structural rigidity, and the thinness of the tough glass to bring the LCD closer to the user's finger for a more satisfying touchscreen experience. We also suspect that new super-strong, glass-like materials may one day be used to make devices in their entirety.
Two interesting side effects to all this: the glass industry gets a jolt and our future gadgets will be more damage-proof and come in increasingly innovative shapes.
Sony you need to cash in with this one and the best way to make this sell like crazy is putting a kick ass battery...You need to do this before you cash in on Odin or Yuga ok?
what is the differences between Gorilla glass and Dragontrail glass...
Wow it is good I am sony subscriber. but my suggestion is make the secondary camera at least 1.3 mega pixel.
i am watting xperia v .iam very very curious for v so when this set avilable in market..?
Nice phone!! anyway what i don't really understand why Sony always release two mid range phone at the same time. I hope their next release their will be a 1 low end, 1 mid range, and 1 high end. Also hope you release a 1 phablet.
what i really love this phone a simple...but very useful feature replaceable battery and nice capacity 1,750 mah this is more practical than your T.
if they only put T and combine with V with specs and features this is one of the best in its mid range market.
Neru, 15 Nov 2012Xperia V Pro's (Almost Perfect!)
-Dust and Water resistant.
-TFT screen (No Pentile matrix a... moreWow, quite good research!
Teh Adobe flash issue can be solved using Firefox browser. This is similar to the issue of the Nexus 7 that solved by XDA. I have done this on my N7 tablet and it works :)
So it is not really a significant 'Con' that must be listed
The_Bridge, 14 Nov 2012it's designed as a tough phone,it means Sony has to limit openings from which water or other e... morehow can it take a picture while u are in the underwater it has no dedicated camera so how is it??
hamslin, 10 Nov 2012tell me if a boy of 15 years to have this phone , answer me ???????? i am totally confused .... moreheck yeah get it its pretty good for amount and teens are careless so its a 11 on 10 choice
The big annoying con in this phone that prevents me from buying it, is the relatively small battery capacity!!! Sure it will not last for a sufficient time with such specs LTE and 13MP camera!
Hope Sony can solve this before the release date and Xperia V will be the SUPER PHONE EVER! :)
Xperia V Pro's (Almost Perfect!)
-Dust and Water resistant.
-TFT screen (No Pentile matrix and better than LCD)
-342 ppi (Highest pixel density on any prime smartphone!)
-13 MP Camera (Is anything better than this?)
-Sony Mobile Bravia Engine 2 (can rival Retina disp.)
-LTE (Yes, Future!)
-S4 chipset and dual-core Krait (the defining moment!)
-stereo radio (Im very glad they still included this.)
-1750mAh battery (would be perfect for moderate-heavy use since Krait is power efficient)
-Only 120g (Surprisingly Lightweight for it's class.)
-REMOVABLE BATTERY!!! (Are you kidding me!)
-Even though it's not Gorilla glass. Don't underestimate the durability of Dragontail. Watch and see: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F92CvRflk18
Xperia V Con's
-No Adobe Flash support!
-Slightly thicker than competitors of it's class at 10.7mm but that just makes up for it's durability.
It's lack of Adobe Flash support would be the only mark-able stain on its arsenal. Why you didn't make this phone perfect Sony???
nero, 14 Nov 2012release it before christmas!It will be, expected release date is 5-Dec-12
according to XB. Pricing will be similar to SGS3
Here in Finland it has been already released. So it should be released in other European countries too. For example check from Gigantti's site.
Anonymous, 13 Nov 2012No dedicated camera button? Stupid sony...it's designed as a tough phone,it means Sony has to limit openings from which water or other element can potentially leak in.so,no,they're not stupid,adding dedicated camera button will add more opening
why sony taking so long to release this when t j r also announced at the same time when v announced both t n j r released why so long for v....