Published: Sat, July 21, 2018
Tech | By Dwayne Harmon

Gorilla Glass 6 evolves to withstand more drops

Gorilla Glass 6 evolves to withstand more drops

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. Corilla Glass 6 has been formulated to deliver "unprecedented protection against multiple drops", an all-too-common accident faced by smart device owners, often needing pricy repairs.

Corning Gorilla Glass 6 significantly improves upon the previous iteration, confirmed Corning Gorilla Glass vice president and general manager, John Bayne.

This is where Gorilla Glass 6 comes in. "Corning Gorilla Glass 6 improves upon Gorilla® Glass 5 by surviving drops from higher heights, but, more importantly, has been engineered to survive multiple drops".

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. The investment will support Corning's R&D, capital equipment needs and state-of-the-art glass processing.

Corning's materials have been part of smartphone screens since the first iPhone launched in 2007, but phone makers have increasingly also added glass to the back of their devices because the material works more easily with wireless charging than metal.

In addition to larger front displays with more surface area, mobile device manufacturers are also embracing phone designs with glass backs. The company claims Gorilla Glass 6 is made to withstand two potentially catastrophic events for today's increasingly glassy phones: higher drops and multiple drops. 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. Still, we see plenty of drop tests with new releases, and the iPhone X was certainly not exempt from such things. With a new glass composition that allows for more compression that before.

Corning's Gorilla Glass 6 should arrive on the market in devices within the "next several months".

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