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Germ-fighting glass keeps this phone clean

by Jacob Kleinman | July 25, 2015July 25, 2015 4:00 pm PST

There’s already plenty to love when it comes to ZTE’s Axon, a flagship Android phone for just $450, but it turns out the device has one more trick up its sleeve. Axon also happens to be the first handset to take advantage of Corning’s germ-killing Antimicrobial Gorilla Glass.

Corning actually unveiled the new technology all the way back at CES 2014. We haven’t heard much since then, but it looks like the company is finally ready to roll out the anti-germ material. “We are delighted to work with Corning to offer the first smartphone with Antimicrobial Corning Gorilla Glass,” said ZTE’s chief technology officer Dr. Ji Zhongwei.

The germ-killing glass promises to take on any bacteria that finds its way onto your screen. Corning admits that it can’t take out 100 percent of the germs on your device, but it should keep things a lot cleaner than they normally are. It also promises to last just as long as the rest of your smartphone.

As for the Axon (in case you missed the unveiling last week), ZTE’s new phone features a 5.5-inch Quad HD germ-killing display, a 3000mAh battery, a Snapdragon 810 processor, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, a dual lens camera setup in back and an 8-megapixel shooter in front.

Whether you’re a germaphobe or just a tech fan, this is a pretty sweet device. It’s available to pre-order now, though the Axon won’t ship until July 27.


Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...