Corning Incorporated, one of the world’s biggest glassware and ceramics products manufacturers, has launched Corning Gorilla Glass 6, its latest version of its tough industrial-grade glass for electronics products. The successor to Gorilla Glass 5, the latest version is said to be more durable than its predecessor, and is rated to survive up to 15 drops from about one meter up.
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. On smartphones and tablets, Gorilla Glass is usually placed as the top layer in the screen assembly, and is the layer that is most susceptible to damage as a result. Users touch the Gorilla Glass layer when using phones, and rough use often leads to scratches. With phones getting slimmer, the glass has also slimmed over the years, making it more difficult to maintain the same levels of durability and scratch resistance.
Corning hasn’t stated that scratch resistance has improved on Gorilla Glass 6, meaning that this will likely be the same as that of Gorilla Glass 5. The weak resistance to scratches on most phones today means that users usually have to apply a plastic or tempered-glass screen protector on top of the glass for additional protection.
However, Corning’s latest version of its industrial glass is said to be twice as durable as its predecessor. A recent worldwide Toluna consumer study 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 lower. Gorilla Glass 6 is meant to offer more resistance against these accidental drops.
Of course, while the top layer of glass might last longer, the LCD / AMOLED screen on the smartphone itself isn’t as tough and likely wouldn’t survive 15 drops. Nonetheless, Corning Gorilla Glass 6 does promise to make our phones a little more durable.
“In addition to addressing drop height and drop frequency, Gorilla Glass 6 was also developed to meet the requirements of modern designs that use glass for more than 85 percent of the enclosure. With both its aesthetic and performance advantages, glass is on the right side of the technology curve and will continue to be the material of choice for mobile consumer electronics,” said Scott Forester, division vice president, Marketing and Innovation Products, Corning Gorilla Glass.
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Corning Gorilla Glass is a key supplier to Apple for its iPhones, and also supplies to other smartphone and electronics manufacturers. According to Corning, 45 major brands currently use Gorilla Glass solutions for their devices. Corning Gorilla Glass 6 is in the evaluation phase, and is likely to make its way to products in the coming months.