Gorilla Glass 6 Survives Multiple Drops

Gorilla Glass 6 Survives Multiple Drops
Corning's latest screen glass should be able to withstand being dropped 15 times, the company claims.

(CCM) — Corning has unveiled a new toughened glass for smartphone screens which has been designed with serial phone-droppers in mind.

Gorilla Glass 6 is Corning's most durable ever, according to John Bayne, the company's Gorilla Glass general manager. "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,” he said.

On average, in lab tests, Gorilla Glass 6 survived 15 drops from one meter onto rough surfaces, according to Corning. Under the same test conditions, competitive glass compositions, such as soda lime and aluminosilicate, did not survive the first drop, it added.

Unfortunately, the new glass has the same level of scratch resistance as previous versions of Gorilla Glass. That means that while the Gorilla Glass 6 screen may not smash when a smartphone is dropped, it is still susceptible to scratching if kept in a pocket with keys or other metal items.

Previous versions of Gorilla Glass have been incorporated into more than 6 billion devices and more than 45 phone brands, including Samsung's Galaxy S series. Gorilla Glass 6 is under evaluation by several manufacturers, and the first phones featuring the new glass are expected to be available in the late fall.

Image: © Corning.