New Corning Gorilla Glass 6 focused on shatter resistance
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Corning has launched the latest version of its widely used Gorilla Glass for smartphones and tablets. Corning is now up to version 6 of Gorilla Glass, which the company says is twice as resistant to shattering from a drop as Gorilla Glass 5. Corning says that Gorilla Glass 6 equipped smartphones can survive up to 15 consecutve drops on average from 1 meter without shattering in its testing.
Corning's research shows that the average person drops their smartphone from a height of around 1.6 meters once a year. Drops from below 1 meter happen on average around four times a year. Gorilla Glass 6 has been designed to withstand these normal use case scenarios, which is good news for smartphone owners, particularly of higher end devices. A broken screen on an iPhone X, for example, can cost up to US$279 to repair.
According to the rumor mill, the first device to launch with Gorilla Glass 6 is likely to be the Samsung Galaxy Note 9. It is scheduled to arrive next month on August 9, so expect a slew of high-end devices to start rolling out with Gorilla Glass 6 in the second half of this year.