Corning has announced their sixth iteration of the Gorilla Glass, the Corning Gorilla Glass 6, today. “On an average, the Corning Gorilla Glass 6 is said to have survived 15 drops from a height of 1 meters onto rough surfaces, when tested in lab conditions. When other competitive glasses were subjected to similar drop tests, the glasses didn’t even survive the first drop,” claimed Corning.

Corning Gorilla Glass 6

“Gorilla Glass 6 is an entirely new glass composition that can be chemically strengthened to give it significantly higher levels of compression than is possible with Gorilla Glass 5. This enables Gorilla Glass 6 to be more resistant to damage. Moreover, with breaks during drops being a probabilistic event, the added compression helps increase, on average, the likelihood of survival through multiple drop events,”

said Dr. Jaymin Amin, vice president of technology and product development, Corning Gorilla Glass and Corning Specialty Materials.

The Gorilla Glass 6 is twice as durable as the outgoing Gorilla Glass 5, while still having the same scratch resistance as the latter. This durability is achieved due to significantly higher compression capacity than the Gorilla Glass 5.

“As consumers become more dependent on their smartphones, the opportunity for potentially damaging drops is also on the rise. Now more than ever, it’s critical the cover glass provides outstanding protection. 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,”

said John Bayne, vice president and general manager, Corning Gorilla Glass.

Since phones these days come with larger displays, as well as smartphone manufacturers opting for glass backs on their smartphones, making them two times more prone to shattering. With its optical capability, touch sensitivity, scratch resistance efficient wireless charging and enhanced durability, Corning Gorilla Glass 6 will be able to withstand the growing need for all glass smartphones, with better drop resistance than its predecessors. Corning Gorilla Glass has been designed into more than 6 billion devices by more than 45 major brands.

Availability of Corning Gorilla Glass 6

Corning Gorilla Glass 6 is currently under evaluation by potential customers and will be reaching the markets in the coming months.

Learn more: Gorilla Glass 6

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