Gorilla Glass 6 Is Ready for Your Device to Drop 15 Times

Yolanda Curtis
July 20, 2018

Corning®, the top maker of protective glass used in smartphones announced Gorilla Glass 6 yesterday.

Corning Gorilla Glass 6 works better in protecting the smartphone displays because they have been strengthened chemically. "Moreover, with breaks during drops being a probabilistic event, the added compression helps increase, on average, the likelihood of survival through multiple drop events". As such, Corning has revealed that according to a Toluna study, on an average people drop their phone seven times a year with most of the drops happening below the level of 1m.

The company didn't put a specific ceiling on the height from which a Gorilla Glass 6-clad phone could probably survive, but it claimed Gorilla Glass 5 could endure spills from about five feet and three inches (1.6 meters) as much as 80% of the time. "This enables Gorilla Glass 6 to be more resistant to damage", Dr. Jaymin Amin, vice president of technology and product development, said in a press release the other day. Users touch the Gorilla Glass layer when using phones, and rough use often leads to scratches. These designs are providing new features and applications for consumers, such as enhanced wireless charging, larger screen sizes with smaller bezels, and customization through printed glass backs. Gorilla Glass 6 is meant to offer more resistance against these accidental drops. It's getting better scratch resistance, too.

Corning Gorilla Glass 6 focuses on durability. While more and more handsets are starting to rely on glass for its exterior, the company is looking for new ways to mitigate the negatives that come with a shiny surface like scuffs and smudges.

Historically, glass has been one of the most fragile components in smartphones and manufacturers have sought to improve durability. Gorilla Glass 6 is now being evaluated by multiple consumers, according to the company. The first phones with the material will hit the market later this year.

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