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15.10.2019, Mainz, Germany / Mumbai, India

SCHOTT enters the Indian mobile market by supplying vivo’s premium phones with Xensation® high performance cover glass

The international technology group SCHOTT is entering the Indian mobile space through vivo’s smartphone range of vivo V17 Pro and vivo Z1X. With this, the Indian consumer will get introduced to the 130-year old German company’s premium cover glass Xensation® Up.
Mainz, Germany / Mumbai, India, October 15, 2019 – With the launch of vivo’s latest NEX 3 smartphone, the German specialty glass maker is bringing its most innovative cover glass Xensation® Up. in vivo’s high-end smartphone. SCHOTT has successfully developed this new high-performing cover glass that increases the likelihood of a phone surviving drops. The recently unveiled Xensation® Up. has been recognized as one of the most durable and reliable glass cover types currently available worldwide. Tests of the new cover glass demonstrate superior set drop performance, which means that high-end, premium range smartphones can survive drops from twice the height as those protected by the most commonly used lithium aluminosilicate glass (LAS glass) cover glasses in the market.

The quality of display screen is becoming one of the major concerns amongst smartphone consumers today. According to a recent survey,  close to one-third of all smartphone users have experienced cracked screens as the most common type of damage, forcing them to replace screens. Xensation® Up. is the latest premium material in SCHOTT’s Xensation® portfolio, establishing a leading lineup of smartphone cover glass options. The portfolio matches “Made in Germany” technical innovation with the processing power of today’s leading manufacturers. 

“We are very proud to enter India with yet another product portfolio that comes with decades of research and development. For the Xensation® range of materials, we’ve observed a wide range of experiences of smartphone users and understood the market demand for high performance displays and durable glass surfaces,” said Dr. Lutz Klippe, Head of Product Group Cover Glass at SCHOTT. “At SCHOTT, we were successful in merging our innovations and the challenging demands. We were able to develop a new, high performance material in the form of products such as the all new Xensation® Up. cover glass. Indian smartphone users, like those around the world, expect their phones to be protected from accidental drops and screen breakages and we are extremely happy to bring this unique product to them,” he added.

“At vivo, our constant endeavor is to enhance customer experience by bringing the right mix of meaningful yet innovative technologies that are most relevant for Indian consumers. The mid and premium mobile segments in India demand a differentiated offering at competitive prices. With a legacy of 130 years, SCHOTT’s illustrious experience in engineering and making specialty glass will help us in delivering an impressive smartphone screen experience, for the vivo Z1x and V17Pro consumers,” shared Nipun Marya, Director-Brand Strategy, vivo India.

Indian smartphone users can now experience the Xensation® Up. high performance cover glass, introduced last month through vivo’s latest high end vivo V17 Pro. Consumers will get an impressive smartphone screen experience with a screen-to-body ratio of 99.6 percent, while remaining extremely light-weight.

Most recently, vivo launched its range of premium smartphones, vivo V17 Pro and vivo Z1X in India, which use the Xensation® Up. and Xensation® 3D cover glasses respectively.

India is the second largest mobile phone market in the world with over 600 million users, which could grow further to be on par with China in the coming years. There is now an increasing demand for high-end smartphones in India, with a study indicating that more than 50% of urban Indians are planning new smartphone purchases in an average span of 6 months. About 60% of this demand is being led by Indian millennials.

“With international smartphone makers bringing in futuristic inventions like ‘waterfall displays’, technology savvy Indian millennials would want the best specs to be available on their phones too without compromising on the screen quality and durability. We would like to cater to this market by offering the latest SCHOTT Xensation® cover glass solutions to global manufactures for their next generation smartphones,” said Dr. Klippe.

SCHOTT’s unique glass composition stems from more than 130 years’ experience in engineering and making specialty glass, resulting in one of the most robust and reliable cover glass products available today. SCHOTT was the first company to introduce lithium aluminosilicate glass (LAS) as a cover glass for mobile phones. Its founder, Otto Schott, was the first to document the addition of lithium to a glass mixture as part of his wide-ranging experiments that eventually led to the invention of technical glass in the year 1879.

Xensation® is a registered trademark of SCHOTT AG.

SCHOTT is a leading international technology group in the areas of specialty glass and glass-ceramics. The company has more than 130 years of outstanding development, materials and technology expertise and offers a broad portfolio of high-quality products and intelligent solutions. SCHOTT is an innovative enabler for many industries, including the home appliance, pharma, electronics, optics, life sciences, automotive and aviation industries. SCHOTT strives to play an important part of everyone’s life and is committed to innovation and sustainable success. With more than 15,500 employees at production sites and sales offices in 34 countries, the group has a global presence. In the 2017/2018 fiscal year, SCHOTT generated sales of around $2.5 billion.

About vivo India
vivo, a premium global smartphone brand, entered India in late 2014; vivo has established itself as one of the top smartphone brands in India. Manufacturing in Greater Noida, the company has a robust distribution network across the country both online and offline, catering the best in class quality services to over 539 cities, in 27 states and 5 union territories backed by more than 550 service centres in India. The organization is dedicated to the pursuit of perfection and is continuously creating surprises for users through constant innovation. Through smartphones, vivo offers users a professional-grade photography solution, taking mobile photography to the level of an art form, witnessing and recording all of life’s beautiful moments.

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