If Apple has sapphire glass, Samsung has grapehe. Samsung will now reportedly offer a sure proof way for people to protect their phones even when they drop it. According to recent information, the Korean tech giant has been working on a graphene technology that will push smartphone durability and flexibility to the next level.
Most people worry about their smartphones hitting hard surfaces. Often, the result is a cracked device. Despite being operational, it can be bothersome to work with a cracked or damaged surface. According to a report by CNN, Samsung Electronics researchers may have found a way to protect smartphones unlike any other. In fact, dropping the device would not do any damage. Users can simply pick up the device, dust if off and use it once more.
According to the report, Samsung has been working a newly discovered material called graphene. The company wanted to include graphene as a primary component in its devices. If Samsung's researchers will be successful, the company can produce smartphones and tablets that are extremely durable or indestructible.
Graphene was discovered in 2004. It is fairly new but offers a range of beneficial traits. For instance, it is six times lighter and 200 times stronger compared to steel. It is also 20 times stronger compared to diamond. Graphene conducts heat and electricity well making it ideal for electronic devices. The material features a single layer of carbon atoms scattered in an extremely thin and lattice-type structure.
The material is also thinner compared to paper. Its extremely thin nature prompted researchers to categorize it as a two-dimensional object.
"Graphene has a lot of potential, especially in terms of industrial applications for optical and electronic devices," said Ping Sheng - a professor of nanoscience at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. The professor noted that one of the biggest challenges about graphene is its mass production.
"The caveat is really in the quality of the graphene that can be produced on a large scale ... If they can overcome that then it will be a big breakthrough." The professor added.
"This is one of the most significant breakthroughs in graphene research in history," Samsung quoted the researchers.
"We expect this discovery to accelerate the commercialization of graphene, which could unlock the next era of consumer electronic technology."