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Jan 6, 2014

Antimicrobial Corning Gorilla Glass Will Protect Both Phones and Users

Today, Corning officially announced the Antimicrobial Corning Gorilla Glass at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, as the first EPA-registered antimicrobial cover glass that will offer protection for both smartphones and users alike.

The new product comes with an antibacterial agent, ionic silver, which has been included into the glass surface, and which will deliver sustained activity. According to Corning, process and metrology innovations will ensure precise control of silver levels that are needed to maintain the mechanical, optical, and dielectric properties of the Gorilla Glass. The company also notes that its new product is meant to address an increasing concern driven by the proliferation of touch technologies on mobiles, especially due to the fact that we share more and more touch-enabled surfaces at home, work, and elsewhere. The new Antimicrobial Corning Gorilla Glass is already being tested with numerous manufacturers for various applications, the company announced, adding that it is capable of high-volume production.

“Corning’s Antimicrobial Gorilla Glass inhibits the growth of algae, mold, mildew, fungi, and bacteria because of its built-in antimicrobial property, which is intrinsic to the glass and effective for the lifetime of a device,” said James R. Steiner, senior vice president and general manager, Corning Specialty Materials. “This innovation combines best-in-class antimicrobial function without compromising Gorilla Glass properties. Our specialty glass provides an excellent substrate for engineering antimicrobial and other functional attributes to help expand the capabilities of our Corning Gorilla Glass and address the needs of new markets.”

Although antibacterial wipes, foams, sprays, and films are already available out there, they represent only temporary solutions for the aforementioned issue, and not all manufacturers agree with their use. The Antimicrobial Corning Gorilla Glass can be installed not only on mobile phones, but also on computers, telephones, and other electronic display panels. Moreover, the new Gorilla Glass can also be used in health care, hospitality, and transportation industries, the company announced.

Corning announces Antimicrobial Corning Gorilla Glass
Image credits to Corning

Samsung Leaks Full Specs for Galaxy Tab PRO Tablets

The Samsung Galaxy Tab PRO line is breathing down our necks, and the folks over at Samsung Mobile Press got a little ahead of themselves and posted the full specifications and pics of the tablets online, before the official announcement.

Evleaks already outed the specs of the tablets earlier and what could be spotted on the Samsung site before everything was pulled off (the guys over at PhoneArena managed to snap a pic in time) is in accord with what we saw before. The 12.2-inch model sports Super Clear LCD with 2,560 x 1,600 pixels density (247ppi) and 295.6 x 204 x 7.95mm / 11.6 x 8.03 x 0.31 inches dimension wise. The Wi-Fi model will weigh 732 g / 1.6 pounds, while the LTE one will weigh 740 g / 1.6 pounds

The 10.1 model will boast 298 pixel density and will have 242.1 x 171.4 x 7.33 mm / 9.52 x 6.75 x 0.28 inches dimensions, and will weigh a very portable 469 g / 0.81 lbs (Wi-Fi) or 477 g / 1.05 lbs (LTE). But wait until you hear about the Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 which will flaunt an amazing 359ppi with 128.5 x 219 x 7.2 mm / 5.05 x 8.6 x 0.2 inches and weigh just 331 g / 0.7 lbs (Wi-Fi) and 336 / 0.74 lbs (4G LTE). The remaining specs are the one reported before.

Samsung leaks specs for the Galaxy Tab PRO tablets by accident
Image credits to PhoneArena

Samsung’s Upcoming Galaxy Tab 3 Lite to Be Priced at $129 / €94

Recent rumors have brought to our attention that Samsung is planning to enter the budget tablet market with a model that was expected to be priced around €100 / $136.

The tablet’s name has been leaked in previous reports, as being the Galaxy Tab 3 Lite. Now a brand new one coming via DigiTimes and citing sources from the upstream supply chain, claims Sammy will price the model with exactly $129 / €94. According to the information Samsung will provide, most of the components for the new tablet (panels, processor, battery and chassis) and the production process will be achieved in-house, hence the super affordable price.

The Galaxy Tab 3 Lite is expected to drop bundling a 7-inch screen with 1024 x 600 pixel density and a 3MP camera. Power will be drawn from a 1.2GHz Cortex A9 processor backed up by 1GB of RAM. But don’t get too excited, as the slate will run Android 4.2 out of the box and not the newest KitKat version. The budget Samsung slate is expected to arrive on the market in Q1 2014 (maybe January) in white and black versions. Will we see it at CES 2014 too?

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite gets priced
Image credits to NDTV

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