Arguably the biggest name on the smartphone display market, Corning has revealed its latest piece of Gorilla Glass technology, its fourth and most durable instalment.
Reportedly the toughest smartphone display ever produced, Gorilla Glass 4 expands on the already superb quality showing in its predecessor by giving added durability at higher slimness levels.
During testing, Corning has proven that 0.4mm of Gorilla Glass 4 matches 0.7mm of the third instalment of the tech, essentially meaning that slimmer displays can be produced using the material without sacrificing protection.
Corning also claims that the glass now survives 80% of drops from 1m onto your ‘typical surface’, which matches that of concrete.
Broken displays are currently the number one consumer complaint when it comes down to smartphones, slightly ahead of battery life, but with this continued development it looks like complaints might start to fall.
Whilst the material is in no way impregnable, it is arguably the best equipped hardware on the market, and with high scratch resistance and superior surface quality few users are set to be disappointed by the equipment.
Reportedly twice as tough as other competing brands, Corning Gorilla Glass has been the most popular display material since its inception back in 2007.
Since its conception over 1,390 products have sported the hardware, which totals a whopping 3 billion global devices, making it one of the most well-known brands to smartphone manufacturers.
Whilst it’s big news for mobile phone manufacturers, it can also be used on tablet computers and laptops, often incorporating touch screen capabilities.
Having only just been announced, it’s unlikely that any handsets that are in production will feature the kit, but it does fit in perfectly for smartphones that are set to hit MWC in March 2015.
Also, smartphone devices set to appear at CES in January could well try and incorporate the kit, although it would come as a bit of a surprise considering the quick turnaround that would be required.
In terms of pricing, the inclusion of Gorilla Glass 4 isn’t likely to drive the cost of our smartphones up too much, but as we’re yet to see official numbers we can’t confirm that’s the case just yet.
There is yet to be a handset that has confirmed to be using the kit, but the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Sony Xperia Z4 are both expected to do so when they are announced.
Samples of the hardware have reportedly been sent out, meaning that manufacturers should be getting to grips with the surface already, and as long as all goes to plan, it’s unlikely to get rejected in any shape or form.
Written by Luke Hatfield