Corning’s Gorilla Glass 6 promises to help your phone survive multiple drops

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

Corning Gorilla Glass 6 is Official, “Up to Two Times Better” Than...

The company referenced a recent worldwide Toluna consumer study, which revealed that on average, people drop their phones seven times a year, with more than 50 percent of the drops occurring at 1 meter or below.

Corning said the new Gorilla Glass, while more break resistant, is about equal to its predecessor in its ability to avoid scratching. Glass compositions, such as soda lime and aluminosilicate, did not survive the first drop.

If you own a smartphone or tablet, the chances are that Corning Gorilla Glass protects the display. The added compression helps increase, on average, the likelihood of survival through multiple drop events, it said.

Gorilla Glass 6 is likely very similar to what we're already seeing in the current iPhone lineup. "As consumers become more dependent on their smartphones, the chance of potentially damaging drops is on the rise".

The company suggests that the new glass has been developed to be tougher and more durable, and is rated to take some shocks before damage shows. Corning's Gorilla Glass is widely used in the industry for the cover glass on consumer mobile devices. Gorilla Glass 6 also survives at higher heights than Gorilla Glass 5.

These figures are for GG3 versus GG4. Comparative figures for Gorilla Glass 5 & 6 do not seem to be available yet
These figures are for GG3 versus GG4. Comparative figures for Gorilla Glass 5 & 6 do not seem to be available yet

Most mobile devices now sport Gorilla Glass due to its durability and scratch resistance.

Apple's current iPhones, Samsung's Galaxy 9 and the majority of premium smartphones sold in the United Kingdom, all use the older Gorilla Glass 5.

Gorilla Glass has been a mainstream feature of many smartphones since the launch of the first-generation Gorilla Glass back in 2008. With a new glass composition that allows for more compression that before.

The company didn't put a specific ceiling on the height from which a Gorilla Glass 6-clad phone could probably survive, but it claimed Gorilla Glass 5 could endure spills from about five feet and three inches (1.6 meters) as much as 80% of the time. It's expected to reach the market in "the next several months".

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