Corning has managed to impress us with their smartphone glass range all these years, which are known for durability and looks. Smartphone manufacturers prefer Corning Gorilla Glass over any other mostly and has become one of the best when it comes to third-party components. And most of us have likely witnessed the fragility of our mobile devices first-hand. Earlier this year, Corning announced that its Gorilla Glass technology had been employed on 4.5 billion devices thus far.
Now after two years since the Gorilla Glass 4 was announced, the company unveiled the new Gorilla Glass 5. Here again, the focus is naturally drop testing. According to the company, the new Glass is up to 2 times as stronger than the predecessor. Corning says that its new Gorilla Glass 5 model is designed to offer better protection in this common drop-case scenario. The new toughened glass cover is touted to survive about 80% of the time when dropped face-down from 1.6 meters onto rough surfaces.
Corning says that more than 85% of smartphone owners drop their phones at least once per year and surprisingly more than 55 percent of them have also dropped it more than three times. It is also reported that most of the owners have dropped their smartphones from shoulder, which is rather shocking as most of might have experienced as drop from a a waist level. The scratch resistance, on the other hand, is on-par with the version 4. Corning’s toughened glass have been used on more than 1,800 device models from 40 major manufacturers.
More than 4.5 billion devices have been shipped with the Gorilla Glass in a decade worldwide. Gorilla Glass 5 has already entered production, and the manufacturer has promised to offer more details in the next few months. According to the sources, the new version is already available to the manufactures. As far as the previous versions go, the 3rd and the 4th versions both will be accessible to the manufacturers for a lowered price now, but the production of 3rd version will likely stop sooner or later. Stay tuned for information on which upcoming devices will ship with this new glass.