Corning announces Gorilla Glass 6 to be stronger than ever

Ruben Fields
July 20, 2018

On average, in lab tests, Gorilla Glass 6 survived 15 drops from one meter onto rough surfaces, which is up to two times better than Gorilla Glass 5, according to the US-based glass specialist. 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.

Corning said the new Gorilla Glass, while more break resistant, is about equal to its predecessor in its ability to avoid scratching.

Hopefully Gorilla Glass 6 will provide the improved security for multi-drop tests that the company claims, but the larger problem of smartphone glass fragility isn't going to go away.

So it certainly sounds good and all the more important now that bezels are on the way out, the big remaining question is what phones Gorilla Glass 6 will get used in. An increase in this phenomenon would eventually lead to a faster and more robust adoption of Gorilla Glass which is already present in 6 billion devices. Corning has developed and engineered an entirely new material to address the problem of multiple drops.

Corning's new glass will let your smartphone survive multiple drops

Talking about the differences, Gorilla Glass DX brings enhanced visibility but the same level of scratch resistance as Gorilla Glass while Gorilla Glass DX+ adds a higher level of scratch resistance.

Corning on Wednesday introduced its newest breakthrough in glass technology, Corning Gorilla Glass 6. Many new phones now ship with glass backs-which allows for wireless charging and is helpful for cellular reception-so the company also showed off new options for spiffing up phone backsides.

Corning says Gorilla Glass 6 is in the hands of "multiple customers" now, and it expects phones clad with the new composition to hit the market "in the next several months".

Corning has made Gorilla Glass increasingly resilient as it's perfected the creation process. Not that there was anything with Gorilla Glass 5 that prevented any of these designs from working in the first place.

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