Published: Thu, July 19, 2018
IT | By Lester Massey

Corning's new glass will let your smartphone survive multiple drops

Corning's new glass will let your smartphone survive multiple drops

Corning has unveiled Gorilla Glass 6 as an all-new glass protection for mobile devices.

Corning Gorilla Glass 6 focuses on durability.

According to Corning research, damage due to drops are a primary concern of smartphone owners, so the company focused on improvements in that area for Gorilla Glass 6. To improve cover glass performance, Corning scientists developed and engineered an entirely new material to address the challenge of multiple drops. Corning says Gorilla Glass 6 is two times "better" than Glass 5.

Most mobile devices now sport Gorilla Glass due to its durability and scratch resistance. Under the same test conditions, competitive glass compositions, such as soda lime and aluminosilicate, did not survive the first drop. It's made from a new glass composition that is chemically strengthened to give it a significantly higher level of compression compared to Gorilla Glass 5. The next-generation Galaxy Note that is scheduled to arrive on August 9 could emerge as the first handset featuring Gorilla Glass 6.

Corning, known for its glass technology that can be found on a countless array of products, has now introduced the latest version of its glass, Gorilla Glass 6. "Moreover, with breaks during drops being a probabilistic event, the added compression helps increase, on average, the likelihood of survival through multiple drop events". Phone makers can use Gorilla Glass and inkjet printing to achieve surprisingly convincing simulations of materials such as wood and snakeskin, not just visually, but also down to the texture. Many new handsets offer glass on the rear, not only for style but also for functional purposes like allowing wireless charging. Take a look at the video below for more details.

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