Corning Gorilla Glass 6 tested to survive 15 drops from 1m on rough surfaces
Future smartphone displays reinforced with Gorilla Glass 6 may be less likely to shatter according to Corning.
In its press release, Corning claims the Gorilla Glass 6 "has been engineered to survive multiple drops". The cover glass performance is improved thanks to a new material developed and engineered by the Corning engineers which can survive 15 drops from 1 meter onto rough surfaces in lab tests.
“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,” said Dr. Jaymin Amin, vice president of technology and product development, Corning Gorilla Glass and Corning Specialty Materials. “Moreover, with breaks during drops being a probabilistic event, the added compression helps increase, on average, the likelihood of survival through multiple drop events.”
Compared to Gorilla Glass 5, the company states that Gorilla Glass 6 is up to two times stronger. Under the same test conditions, other glass compositions such as soda lime and aluminosilicate did not even survive the first drop! Besides its improved cover glass performance, Gorilla Glass 6 is also developed to meet the requirements of modern phone designs where glass is used for more than 85% of the enclosure.
Corning states that multiple customers are currently evaluating Gorilla Glass 6 and the cover glass is expected to reach the market in the next few months.