Just look around. Staying connected with our lives runs right through our smartphones. They’re always at hand — which means they’re always at risk for potentially damaging drops. Plus, these devices are getting thinner and their surfaces larger, with many featuring glass-backs, as well. The rules have changed. To solve for this, Corning scientists engineered tougher and more durable Corning® Gorilla® Glass 6. Subjected to a new and rigorous test methodology in our labs, on average, Gorilla Glass 6 survived 15 consecutive drops from 1 meter onto rough surfaces and is up to 2x better than Gorilla®Glass 5. Under the same test conditions, competitive glass compositions didn’t even survive the first drop. Gorilla Glass 6 also survives at higher heights than Gorilla Glass 5. All good reasons to better ensure you’ll stay connected today, and all the days to come, with a device featuring tough, durable Corning Gorilla Glass 6.
Corning Gorilla Glass
Corning just announced the release of Gorilla Glass 6, emphasizing that it’s more durable than previous models. The company says that the glass will survive up to 15 drops from a one meter height and can be “up to two times better” than Gorilla Glass 5.
“Corning Gorilla Glass 6 improves upon Gorilla Glass 5 by surviving drops from higher heights, but, more importantly, has been engineered to survive multiple drops,” said Corning Gorilla Glass vice president and general manager John Bayne in a statement.
As phones get slimmer and have ever sleeker glass displays, reports have appeared that the slimness may actually cancel out the improvements in new iterations of Gorilla Glass, since thinner glass is weaker glass, even if it’s become stronger. Still Corning argues that sleek edge-to-edge displays have actually led to stronger smartphones. Sometimes, in smartphones of previous years, the bezel would crack first, then leading to a weakness in the glass.
There’s also a tradeoff between drop resistance and scratch resistance, which Corning has admitted to in the past. Corning says that Gorilla Glass 6 will have the same amount of scratch resistance as previous generations. So although the company claims the new generation of Gorilla Glass is “better,” you shouldn’t expect new phones made with the glass to be more scratch-resistant.
Gorilla Glass 6 is in production now and available to smartphone makers. It’s expected to reach the market in the next several months.