Good news for all you butterfingers out there!
Corning on Wednesday unleashed its next-generation cover glass for devices – the Gorilla Glass 6 – which it claims is its strongest ever, capable of absorbing as many as fifteen drops from as high as one meter, about hip height, before it breaks.
It is supposed to be twice as durable as its predecessor – the Gorilla Glass 5 – if Corning’s claims are anything to go by.
“As good as it was, Gorilla Glass 6 is better,” Corning Gorilla Glass Vice President and General Manager John Bayne said in a statement.
“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,” Baynes said.
Known for its kitchen glassware, sold under the brand name Pyrex, Corning is also a well-recognized name when it comes to glass displays for smartphones, televisions, and other electronic devices.
Ever since it started manufacturing the scratch-resistant toughened glass back in 2007, the New York-based company has been a major supplier to the likes of Apple and Samsung, in addition to other manufacturers.
During this period, a whopping six billion devices featuring Gorilla Glass have hit markets across the globe – and counting.
As of now, the company has not volunteered any information on the devices that are expected to feature the sixth-generation glass.
It did confirm, though, that the new Gorilla is currently being assessed by a whole lot of manufacturers, meaning we should be able to see phones featuring the glass in the not too distant future.
As the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 was the first device to feature Gorilla Glass 5 back in 2016, history could well repeat itself on August 9 – the day Samsung’s next-generation Galaxy Note is scheduled to launch, but that’s just speculation and wishful thinking, at best, as we don’t know for sure whether, or not, the Note 9 will feature the magic glass.
Phones are getting slimmer and sleeker with almost every new launch, and with glass occupying more and more phone real estate these days, what with infinity displays and glass backs, they are more vulnerable to breaking when dropped.
On average, a user drops his/her handset at least seven times in a year, which may not sound like a lot but when you translate those drops into cash, it is a pretty substantial loss we’re talking about, as most of these smartphones don’t come cheap.
Well, even a $200 phone would set you back by $1,400 before your year ends, and what if you’re one of those who can’t do without the newest iPhone or Galaxy? It’s a straight $6,000-7,000 additional expense staring you down, year after year.
So, the Gorilla Glass’ breaking point of 15 drops is, effectively, going to give you two years’ worth of free drops. How cool is that!
“The problem we set out to solve 10 years ago was to create a strengthened cover glass that doesn’t scratch and doesn’t break,” Bayne told Digital Trends in December, last year.
“That’s the aspirational goal; it’s a goal we’re still focussed on today, but we’ve made tremendous progress,” said the Corning VP and GM.
“We break thousands of phones in our lab intentionally to see how they break and study it,” he told the technology news, lifestyle, and information website.
“Because we have done glass for 165 years, and that’s basically what we do, we have the best glass scientists in the world here at Corning, and nobody knows more about strengthening cover glass than we do.
“Gorilla Glass today outperforms any other glass material you’re going to find by far,” he added.
To bring you back from that bit of flashback, Bayne says that nearly all of the expensive high-end phones, about 28 percent overall, will have glass backs this year.
“We’re seeing glass on the back because glass supports wireless charging and higher data rates like 5G, and metal is on the wrong side of the technology curve,” Bayne said during a Wednesday interview following the company’s media event in Sunnyvale, California.
In addition to doubling the durability, Corning has designed the Gorilla Glass 6 for maximum “optical clarity, touch sensitivity, scratch resistance, efficient wireless charging and enhanced durability” in keeping with the requirements of the contemporary design trend of featuring glass panels on, both, the front and back of smartphones, for reasons mentioned above.
According to Corning, more than 85 percent of the surface area of today’s smartphones features glass and with the kind of unprecedented protection the new version of the Corning Gorilla Glass promises, there is no better option in the market for manufacturers to consider.
“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,” Corning Gorilla Glass Division Vice President, Marketing and Innovation Products, Scott Forester said in a statement.