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vivo S12 Pro: first phone to use SCHOTT Xensation® α cover glass

“Made in Germany”: the cover glass is melted at SCHOTT’s Jena plant

The international technology group SCHOTT, inventor of specialty glass and pioneer in the development of ground-breaking glass types, proudly welcomes the world’s first smartphone to feature Xensation® α (Alpha): the vivo S12 Pro.

Xensation® α is the latest generation of cover glass to be launched by the company, and offers improved drop resistance compared to lithium aluminosilicate (LAS) and aluminosilicate (AS) cover glass types.

Dr. Lutz Klippe, Product Group Manager at SCHOTT, said, “At SCHOTT, we have enjoyed a successful partnership with vivo over the last couple of years. That’s why we are excited that their S12 Pro will be the world’s first smartphone to feature our new Xensation® α cover glass.”

Xensation® α: a new generation of cover glass
Launched in late 2021, Xensation® α is a chemically strengthened lithium alumina borosilicate (LABS) glass. Besides the industry-standard ingredients lithium and aluminium, Xensation® α contains the semimetal boron. This combination produces an extremely powerful high-end cover glass for smartphones with substantial improvements in drop and scratch resistance. The advantages of Xensation® α include:

  • Significantly improved drop resistance from double the height* (also “set drop performance” or “drop performance”) compared to other LAS-based premium cover glasses – especially on impact with rugged or sharp-edged, rough surfaces.
  • Less susceptible to scratches than commercially available aluminosilicate (AS) and LAS cover glass types, as Knoop-diamond indenter lab tests show.
  • Combining the outstanding character of LAS glass in terms of chemical strengthening potential with the scratch performance of borosilicate glass and a strong glass network as known from glass-ceramics.

Xensation® α is a prime example of how a traditional company like SCHOTT, which is more than 130 years old, can channel more than a century of experience into original and inventive new products. Otto Schott, the company’s founder, was the first to document the addition of lithium to a glass mixture as part of his far-reaching experiments that ultimately led to the invention of specialty glass. Xensation® α continues this legacy.

A trusted partnership
SCHOTT and vivo have enjoyed a close and trusted partnership over several years, and the two companies have a successful history of smartphone collaborations. Xensation® Up. has previously been featured on previous vivo high-end models including the vivo X70 series, the X60 Pro series, the NEX series, and S9 series.

SCHOTT further strengthens its position in the high-end cover glass business through its latest innovation for foldable smartphones (foldables): The mass-produced flexible and chemically strengthened ultra-thin glass (UTG) Xensation® Flex enables premium smartphones with flexible screens. As a supplier to Samsung, SCHOTT is proud to enable a new device generation.

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