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Corning announces Gorilla Glass 5

Corning Gorilla Glass 5 now official, to hit the market later this year
Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Internal drop tests reveal that Gorilla Glass 5 is almost two times more durable than Gorilla Glass 4 while offering similar resistance from scratches.

Corning is the company behind the technology that protects the screens of most handsets on the market, Gorilla Glass. Until now, no less than 4.5 billion devices shipped with Gorilla Glass, its latest iteration being Gorilla Glass 4, launched back in 2014. Now, the time has come for Corning Gorilla Glass 5, an updated version that promises to increase the survival rate of phones accidentaly dropped from up to 5.25 feet (1.6 meters) onto rough surfaces.

According to a study quoted by Corning's official press release, "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." Gorilla Glass 5 has been designed considering the figures above, so while its resistance from scratches is similar to Gorilla Glass 4, internal drop tests reveal that the fifth iteration of this technology is about 1.8 times more durable than its predecessor in such a scenario.

Corning Gorilla Glass 5 is already in already commercially available and first devices to take advantage of it are expected to hit the market later this year.

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Codrut Nistor, 2016-07-21 (Update: 2016-07-21)