Kunlun Glass is changing the future of smartphones

First smartphone to receive SGS five-star glass fall safety certification

The Huawei Mate50 Pro, recently launched in South Africa, introduced a range of futuristic features, from its symmetrical space ring camera design to the Ultra Aperture XMAGE camera. But the one that is likely to have the biggest impact on smartphone design in the future is the introduction of the Huawei Kunlun Glass display.

Surveys show that half of the after-sales maintenance cases in the industry are related to cracked or broken screens. A simple crack in the glass is often enough to warrant a repair or replacement of the entire screen, midframe, and even the battery. In response, Huawei engineers created Kunlun Glass to solve this pain point by developing an “invincible glass.”

When developing Kunlun Glass, engineers were inspired by the robust properties of reinforced concrete structures. Further research found that after adding a layer of reinforcement, the load-bearing walls of traditional buildings could maintain a stable structure even when the surface was damaged.

To apply the same technique to smartphone screens, they found a way to incorporate large numbers of nanocrystals into the glass, forming a dense support structure that would improve resilience. As a result, the Kunlun glass coating consists of 10 quadrillion nanocrystals made possible by compound ion strengthening, 24-hour high-temperature nanocrystal growth, a 108-level microcrystalline matrix material, plate processing techniques, and 1,600℃ platinum melting technology that increases the durability of the glass.

The fruits of their research and development can now be experienced on the Mate50 Pro. Its drop resistance has increased tenfold compared to the previous tempered glass standard for smartphones, Gorilla Glass. As a result, the Huawei Mate50 Pro is the first smartphone to receive a five-star certification for glass drop resistance from the Swiss SGS.

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According to Huawei, the path to the development of Kunlun Glass was neither easy nor smooth. The team faced repeated setbacks during the research and development process, including challenges related to strengthening the type, number, and size of the nanocrystals. Eventually, the team mastered the formula to control the type, amount, and size distribution of crystals in the Kunlun glass, solving the problems of material thickness and optical matching of the ceramic.

The result: The Huawei Mate 50 Pro boasts four outstanding innovations:

* As an aesthetic innovation, the symmetrical camera space ring design incorporates an intricate eye-catching Clous de Paris step pattern embossed design.

* As a camera innovation, the XMAGE camera’s Ultra Aperture offers deeply pleasing color reproduction and lighting effects.

* A low battery emergency mode allows more energy to be drawn from the battery, safely and without damaging it, when the battery reaches a charge of 1% Na.\

* And of course, Kunlun Glass means fewer tears and more robust handset use.

Priced at R24,999 for the 256GB and R26,999 for the 512GB edition, the Huawei Mate50 Pro can be purchased from the Huawei online store here or at select retail locations.