The latest version of Corning’s Gorilla Glass technology was developed for the rise of the all-glass smartphone. Announced on Wednesday, Corning claims its newest glass technology can not only survive higher drops, but multiple drops, too.
That’s good news for folks who repeatedly drop their phone—and even better news for the industry as a whole, as most phones are now made entirely out of glass.
“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,” said Dr. Jaymin Amin, vice president of technology and product development, Corning Gorilla Glass and Corning Specialty Materials. “Moreover, with breaks during drops being a probabilistic event, the added compression helps increase, on average, the likelihood of survival through multiple drop events.”
In tests conducted by Corning, Gorilla Glass 6 was capable of surviving 15 drops from 1 meter onto rough surfaces, making the new technology “up to two times better than Gorilla Glass 5.” Unfortunately, Gorilla Glass 6 is no more resistant to scratches compared to previous iterations, so you still might want to consider a screen protector for your next device.
According to Corning, Gorilla Glass 6 is being evaluated by multiple companies, with an expectation for the technology to reach the market before the end of 2018.