For almost a decade, Corning has been creating toughened glass to protect the displays of tablets and smartphones. Corning Gorilla Glass has been used on 4.5 billion devices worldwide, across 40 major brands and 1,800 models.
Corning has now made its latest edition, Corning Gorilla Glass 5, commercially available and we should expect to Gorilla Glass 5 on smartphones later this year.
Corning Gorilla Glass 5 builds on the foundations of previous versions to give further protection against damage caused by drops, bumps and scrapes.
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Testing in the lab has been conducted with drops onto unforgiving and rough services. In comparison to competitive glass designs, it has proved to be up to four times better. Corning Gorilla Glass 5 survives up to 80% of the time, when dropped face-down from 1.6m high, onto a rough surface.
Toughened glass on smartphones has become more essential than ever before, as they further integrate themselves into every part of daily life. A recent survey, conducted by Toluna, indicates just how likely it is that phone users will drop their phone:
It is worth noting here that the lab tests conducted by Corning, were carried out using glass that was 0.6mm thick. Corning does produce glass that is only 0.4mm thick, so real-world durability may be in the hands of mobile phone manufacturers and just how thin the glass is that they choose to use.
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It also worth noting that these tests were conducted with the glass having a face-down impact. If the glass is dropped onto an edge then the actual phone design determines, in some part, how resistant the glass will be.
Setting these cautionary notes aside, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 will certainly rank as one of the best things to happen to smartphones in the UK during 2016.
Written by: Michael Brown