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Samsung’s next phones will have scratch- and reflection-resistant cameras

Corning’s new Gorilla Glass DX and DX Plus will make smartphone cameras more durable. You can say goodbye to lens scratches and lens flares when using your smartphone camera — at least if you’re planning to buy a higher-end Android phone in the coming months and years.

Glass maker Corning on Thursday unveiled its new Gorilla Glass DX and DX Plus glass composite covers for smartphone cameras. DX and DX Plus, thin layers created by fusing glass with coatings for antireflection, sit atop camera lenses to make them more durable and improve image quality. Designed to work with lenses that use Gorilla Glass as the top cover layer, DX and DX Plus feature “superior” scratch resistance and also let in more light than glass on its own.

The aim is to make smartphone camera lenses that use glass as durable as those that use sapphire — but also make the lenses much better at avoiding lens flares, ghosting and other issues caused by light reflection, John Bayne, the head of Corning’s mobile consumer electronics division, said in an interview ahead of the news.

“Materials matter … especially when the number of cameras is going up, the size of the lenses is going […]

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