LAS VEGAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Patchworks Inc., a global manufacturer and marketer of premier mobile accessories, announced today at the “CES Unveiled” press event here that it is debuting a new, technologically advanced tempered-glass smartphone screen protector called the “ITG Edge.” Studies show that consumers need better protection for their smartphones. Half of iPhone owners under age 35 have cracked or broken their screen, and 23% of all users have. Drops are the primary cause. The most common type of damage is a scratched screen (37%), a recent poll found.
Since 2007, iPhone users have spent an astounding $6 billion in repairing or replacing broken phones.
At CES, the ITG Edge will be shown for iPhone 6; it will also be available soon for iPhone 6 Plus and for major Android phones. The product features full coverage of the top of the phone, from edge-to-edge, and has a flawlessly engineered fit due to liquid silicone around the edges, covering the curved part of the screen. ITG glass features the highest available hardness (9H), which even knives and keys will not scratch.
“We’re proud of our latest breakthrough in premium tempered-glass screen protection,” said Kunhee Shim, CEO of Patchworks Inc. “The all-new ‘ITG Edge’ product is the definition of complete screen protection. We’re already the leader in glass screen protection in Japan and other countries, and now U.S. consumers can benefit as well. Our patent-pending technology is changing the landscape of the screen protection industry.”
The premium Asahi glass on the ITG Edge has been engineered with commercial-grade silicone edges that protect the glass curvature of the iPhone6 and Samsung S5 screen. This technology was inspired in order to meet the demands of current and future devices that incorporate curved glass screens.
“American consumers will begin looking at screen protection in a totally new light,” said Matthew Nordby, CEO, Patchworks Americas. “They can now experience high-quality glass while getting full screen coverage and protection for their curved-screen devices. Why continue to put up with scratched or broken screens? And the fit, finish, and feel of ITG products are unparalleled in the industry.”
Videos showing demonstrations of the strength and durability of ITG screen protectors, including lab tests and more, are available at https://vimeo.com/patchworksonline/videos:
• “Introducing the Patchworks ITG Tempered Glass Screen Protector for the iPhone 6”: https://vimeo.com/111908480 (1:16)
• “Patchworks ITG Coating and Scratch Test”: https://vimeo.com/115331248 (2:27)
• “Patchworks ‘Guide Pin’ for Easy ITG installation”: https://vimeo.com/115330716 (1:49)
• “iPhone 6 ‘Bend Test’ with Patchworks ITG Screen Protector”: https://vimeo.com/114951899 (1:01)
Specifications for the New “ITG Edge” Product Being Announced at 2015 CES:
• Anticipated MSRP (US Dollars): for iPhone 6, $39; for iPhone 6 Plus, $45.
• Dimensions: Varies by device type; thickness is 0.4mm.
• Weight: Varies by device type; for iPhone 6, ITG Edge is 11g.
• Material: Combination of Grade-A Asahi Tempered Glass, anti-shatter film, and medical-grade silicone, which covers the curved edges of the device.
• Features: 9H Hardness, Oleophobic coating, 94+% transparency (eyeglasses are only 92%).
• Manufacturer: Patchworks Inc., South Korea (Asahi glass manufactured in Japan).
• Availability: January 2015.
How to Find Patchworks at 2015 International CES
The company’s booth number at CES Las Vegas, January 6-9, is #6633 in the North Hall. (Map: http://www.mapyourshow.com/shows/index.cfm?Show_ID=ces15&exhid=T0010372&booth=6633&hall=A) There, it will be showing its entire ITG® (“Impossible Tempered Glass”) screen protector product line. Patchworks is first debuting its new "ITG Edge" screen protection product for iPhone 6 at the “CES Unveiled” event (for registered press only), which will be held Sunday, January 4, from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at Mandalay Bay, Level 3, South Seas Ballroom C, Las Vegas.
Patchworks Inc. (www.patchworksonline.com) is a designer-oriented brand manufacturer of mobile accessories, based in Seoul, Korea. Founded in 2010, it is one of the fastest-growing companies in the mobile accessories market, having recently experienced 15x year-over-year growth. Its ITG® (“Impossible Tempered Glass”) smartphone screen protector product line is the number-one selling brand of glass screen protectors in many Asian countries, including Japan. Consumers there prefer glass over film protectors, and that is a trend elsewhere as well, including the U.S. Patchworks products are now sold in more than 25 countries worldwide. In December 2014, it announced a U.S. affiliate called Patchworks Americas, based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, which represents Patchworks products in both North and South America. Patchworks’ online ecommerce site for the USA is www.patchworks.us. The company’s ITG products have received an “Editors Choice” from Gadgetmac.com, and a 5 out of 5 Rating from Runaroundtech.com.
Patchworks Online Press Kit for CES 2015: http://www.tradeshownews.com/events/CES-Unveiled-LAS-VEGAS-2015/Patchworks-TemperedGlassScreenProtection/