Dropping a phone and smashing the display is one of the worst feelings for a smartphone enthusiast. When Corning introduced the first Gorilla Glass we all thought our displays would finally be safe. Unfortunately that was not the case and although it has improved over the years it is still not unbreakable and does not survive many drops at all. Corning are hoping to change all this will their new Gorilla Glass 6 announced yesterday.
Their first announcement yesterday was the all new Gorilla Glass 6. Gorilla Glass 6 is made from an entirely new material which is apparently less likely to break when dropped compared with previous versions.
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.
Dr. Jaymin Amin, Vice President of Technology and Product Development, Corning Gorilla Glass and Corning Specialty Materials
In their lab tests the Gorilla Glass 6 survived 15 drops from one metre onto rough surfaces, twice as good as Gorilla Glass 5. The focus for Gorilla Glass 6 is on surviving multiple drops and considering the number of glass-backed phones being produced these days it is great they have this focus.
Corning Gorilla Glass 6 improves upon Gorilla Glass 5 by surviving drops from higher heights, but, more importantly, has been engineered to survive multiple drops.
Unfortunately the scratch resistance has not improved and is the same as for Gorilla Glass 5. At this stage it is “currently being evaluated by multiple customers and is expected to reach the market in the next several months” (Pixel 3?).