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Corning’s kick-ass Gorilla Glass 5 ready to protect your next smartphone

by Jacob Kleinman | July 23, 2016July 23, 2016 1:00 pm PDT

It’s been two years since Corning revealed Gorilla Glass 4, which promised to keep your phone protected from waist-level drops. Now the company is back with a new version that can withstand even higher falls.

Gorilla Glass 5 will survive drops from up to 1.6 meters (a little over five feet) about 80 percent of the time. That means your phone should be safe if you drop it while holding the device out in front of you to send a text, watch a video or play a game. Considering how many people walk around with their smartphones in front of their faces all the time (myself included), the new Gorilla Glass should be a welcome upgrade.

Corning notes that Gorilla Glass 5 still promises the same visual clarity and touch sensitivity we’ve come to expect. The company really put its newest technology to the test, too, dropping it against rough surfaces to make sure it’s ready to hold up in consumer’s hands. Researchers even had to modify their drop machine to try the new version from higher altitudes.

Gorilla Glass 5 is available for partners now and we should see it pop-up in new smartphones starting later this year. That includes some major mobile brands, but the company isn’t which companies will use it, yet.


Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...