This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl.
Deff's TOUGH GLASS 3D for Xperia 1 II, display protection glass plates for the Sony's latest smartphone, is now available. We were given the opportunity to try out four different types of samples, so we were able to put them on the Xperia 1 II.
TOUGH GLASS 3D for Xperia 1 II is available in four different types: the transparent type with high transparency, the matte/anti-reflective and fingerprint resistant type which is ideal for gaming, the clear blue light cut type, and the UV+blue light cut type which protects the screen and eyes.
Usually, it should be "put up once and done", but this time I tried to verify it by putting up 4 different types of boards.
Each of the four types of protective glass has the same hardness and application process.
Let's start with the application process.
Open the package and check the contents. An alcohol pad, a cleaning cloth and a dust removal sheet are included along with the glass plate.
Unlike the soft protective film, the glass protective plate cannot be removed from the edge of the glass if dust gets mixed in with it. It is important to make a clean slate in the first place. Use the items that come with it to keep it clean.
If possible, it's best to do it in a dust-free environment, such as a bathroom.
Let's start attaching the glass plate. First, slowly remove the white plastic plate on the suction side of the glass plate.
The manufacturing process of TOUGH GLASS 3D is a hardening process that involves applying heat, followed by a rapid cooling process, and then using special chemicals to harden the plate again in all directions, covering the sides and edges.
Glass is supposed to be very hard and not bent at all. I don't know if it's OK to do this, but when I bent the glass with some force on purpose, it didn't crack even if it was bent like the one in the picture.
Finally, we paste it into the Xperia 1 II. Check to see if there is any discrepancy between the camera hole position and the top and bottom, left and right sides of the whole thing. After that, if you let go of your hand slowly, you can easily put it on in one shot.
It's easy to adjust the position of the protective film because it's not so fluffy like other protective films. Even if it slips off, the adhesive is weak and can be removed and reapplied once. The total difficulty level of application is quite low and anyone can apply it without fail.
If there are any bubbles in the screen, press down on the screen with the included cleaning cloth and push them out and they will come out surprisingly easily. Even if there are small bubbles left behind, they should be absorbed and disappear naturally if you leave it for about half a day.
This is what it looks like once you've finished attaching it (see image above). The edges of the Xperia 1 II's display are slowly rounding off, and the edges are molded to fit nicely in that round as well.
The top, bottom, left and right sides of the glass are not transparent, but are pre-rimmed in black. The rim here is made of resin, and the rim absorbs and disperses the impact on the glass, making the 3D glass plate more difficult to break. The resin is cured by ultraviolet light, so it feels just like glass, and there's no discomfort to the touch.
The glass type is outstanding in terms of scratch resistance. Even if a key or other sharp objects hit in your bag, it will not go through the protective surface of the glass.
However, the thickness of the glass is an issue. The thickness of the glass is 0.33mm, which is very thin, but it is thick enough to give you a sense of being stuck to it.
The film type has the advantage of being less noticeable due to its thinness, but this one is very difficult to stick on, and both have their advantages and disadvantages. If you are looking for a product that is easy to apply and strong, the glass type is the one for you.
Now, let's take a look at the four different types we've tried and applied them in succession.
The standard transparent type is slippery and shiny. The transparency is very good, and the color does not bleed through, whether you're viewing text, photos, or videos, as if you're looking at a real display, and it gives you a very pleasant feeling of luxury that only glass can provide.
It leaves fingerprint marks on the screen when you touch it, but you can easily wipe off any sebum or cosmetic residue on it, so you don't have to worry about it.
The matte/anti-reflective and fingerprint resistant type looks like frosted glass before it's attached, and the black area around it is slightly affected by it.
After attaching the phone to the surface, the transparency is a little lower, but it prevents the reflection of light.
The above image has been taken with the intention of reflecting the light source for clarity, but in reality, it looks much easier to see.
Also, the surface is slippery and the slippage is the best, and it's so comfortable that it becomes a habit.
The blue light cut type, as the name suggests, cuts out about 40% of blue light.
In addition to cutting out blue light, the UV+Blue Light Cut Type uses Toray's Picasus UV to cut out 99.9% of UV rays. This alleviates the worry that continuous exposure to ultraviolet light may cause the OLED display to discolor.
These two types have a good transmittance and feel just like the transparent type when applied. In addition to a clear display, you should choose one based on whether or not you want to add the blue light and UV light cutting effect that has been attracting a lot of attention recently.
Deff's TOUGH GLASS 3D for Xperia 1 II display protection glass plate is designed not to interfere with the cases that the company is releasing, so we'll examine the cases at a later date.
This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl. The Japanese edition of Engadget does not guarantee the accuracy or reliability of this article.