Asahi Glass to thin down touchscreen substrates

Asahi Glass says it has found a way to make smartphones and tablet PCs thinner

Japan's Asahi Glass will soon begin producing glass for touch panels on smartphones and tablet PCs that is thinner than sheets from competitors. The glass could contribute to making smartphones and tablet PCs thinner and lighter.

The new substrate glass is 0.28 millimeters thick, which makes it 15 percent thinner and 15 percent lighter than the slimmest alternatives available now commercially, Asahi Glass said on Thursday.

The substrate is the piece of glass on which a touch panel is built. It is positioned above the LCD screen and below the front cover glass on smartphones and tablets.

The thinner glass will shave 0.05 millimeters off the thinnest existing touchscreen substrates, the company said. It doesn't sound like much, but smartphone makers are continually looking for components that can help reduce the size and weight of their products.

Mass production will start before the end of the month, the company said. Asahi Glass expects annual sales of the new glass to top ¥10 billion (US$1.22 billion) in 2013.

It's unclear when consumers will start to see products containing the thin substrates, Oda said.

Users of tablet PCs, smartphones and other handhelds generally welcome any device that is thinner and lighter than what's out there today, said Annabelle Hsu , a display panel analyst with IDC in Taipei. The thinner substrate should not add to phone or tablet prices, she said.

Tags Asahi Glass Coconsumer electronicsPhoneshardware systemssmartphoneslaptopstablet PCsComponentsdisplays

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Ralph Jennings

IDG News Service

Comments

Comments are now closed.

Latest News Articles

Most Popular Articles

Follow Us

GGG Evaluation Team

Kathy Cassidy

STYLISTIC Q702

First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

Anthony Grifoni

STYLISTIC Q572

For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

Steph Mundell

LIFEBOOK UH574

The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.

Andrew Mitsi

STYLISTIC Q702

The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.

Simon Harriott

STYLISTIC Q702

My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.

Resources

Best Deals on GoodGearGuide

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?