Corning, a well-known name when it comes to the smartphone cover glass has announced the 6th version of its cover glass, the Gorilla Glass 6. According to Corning, their scientists were able to engineer a completely new material that is much more durable than the previous version of the Gorilla Glass, naming it as the most durable cover glass to date.
According to Corning, the Gorilla Glass 6 survived 15 drops from 1 meter onto rough surfaces in their lab tests, and is up to two times better than the Gorilla Glass 5. Under the same test conditions, other glass covers based on soda lime and aluminosilicate did not survive even the first drop. The main selling point of the Gorilla Glass 6 is its ability to survive multiple drops. Dr Jaymin Amin, VP of technology and product development said,
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“Gorilla Glass 6 is an entirely new glass composition that can be chemically strengthened to give it significantly higher levels of compression than is possible with Gorilla Glass 5. This enables Gorilla Glass 6 to be more resistant to damage. Moreover, with breaks during drops being a probabilistic event, the added compression helps increase, on average, the likelihood of survival through multiple drop events.”
Phone designs with glass backs are more prevalent than ever. Phone-makers are opting for glass backs to provide wireless charging. The decrease in the bezel size up front has led to manufacturers using the back as their canvas for customization. The Gorilla Glass 6 apparently comes loaded with optical clarity, touch sensitivity, scratch, resistance, efficient wireless charging and enhanced durability.
The sixth version of the cover glass is being made available to manufacturers. It might be a few months before we see it end up in a smartphone. According to Corning, the Gorilla Glass is a part of over 6 billion devices across 45 major brands. So we might get to see a phone with the Glass 6 soon.