A tougher Gorilla Glass 5 is announced by Corning

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If you don’t put a protector on your tablet or smartphone screen and it has survived drops, slips, or being shoved into bags, purses, or pockets full junk, you can probably thank Corning. The New York based company, know as Corning Glass Works until 1989, when it became just Corning, has been manufacturing glass and ceramic materials since 1851.

Even though they focus on industrial and scientific applications, the company is well know in the tech world, thanks to their Gorilla Glass products covering almost every mobile screen available to consumers. It also didn’t hurt that it was introduced on one of the most iconic modern devices, the original iPhone, back in 2007. Nine years and 4.5 billion devices covered later, Corning has announced Gorilla Glass 5 — and are promising this one to be their strongest yet.

So what makes this version even better than the already formidable Gorilla Glass 4? Well after some lab testing, Corning is claiming that a device wearing their protection will survive 1.6 meter drops onto rough surfaces up to 80% of the time. This is supposedly the height that 60% of all dropped phones are subjected to in the normal world. The other areas the company has focused on is the protective layer not interfering with touch sensitivity or optical clarity, improving on both from the 4th iteration.

Courtesy of Corning

Courtesy of Corning

Responding to consumers’ No. 1 issue with mobile devices, the new cover glass is designed to provide further protection against breakage from everyday drops. Rigorous lab tests show that Gorilla Glass 5 survives drops onto rough, unforgiving surfaces up to four times better than competitive glass designs.

The unique attributes of Gorilla Glass 5 build on the best-in-class performance of previous generations of Corning Gorilla Glass. Mobile devices are the primary tools consumers use to capture, view, create, send and consume digital content, and the cover glass is the interface for touching, typing and swiping that content. Consumers count on their cover glass to deliver damage resistance, optical clarity, touch sensitivity, and protection from drops.

According to a recent global study, over 85% of smartphone owners have dropped their phones at least once per year and 55% have dropped their phones three times or more. Additionally, more than 60% of smartphone owners reported dropping their devices between shoulder and waist height.

“With each successive generation of Corning Gorilla Glass, we have taken cover glass technology to new levels. Gorilla Glass 5 is no exception, extending Corning’s advantage in drop performance over competitive glasses,” said John Bayne, vice president and general manager, Corning Gorilla Glass. “With many real-world drops occurring from between waist and shoulder height, we knew improving drop performance would be an important and necessary advancement.”

In lab tests, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 survives up to 80 percent of the time when dropped face-down from 1.6 meters onto rough surfaces, far outperforming competitive glass designs.

Gorilla Glass 5 will start protecting devices later this year as it appears on” product models from leading global brands.” I can say with little doubt that Corning’s protection has saved my devices from damage and cracked screens more times that I would like to admit, so an even stronger product from them is pretty exciting.

Are you looking forward to devices using Gorilla Glass 5  for even more protection from falls? Let us know in the comments below or on Google+, Twitter, or Facebook.

  Source: Corning
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