Klutzes, rejoice. Your next smartphone should be able to survive multiple drops.
On Wednesday, glass maker Corning unveiled its newest concoction, Gorilla Glass 6, which it says should survive repeated drops from heights of 1 meter (3.28 feet). In its tests, the glass lasted through 15 drops, while normal glass failed on the first drop, company executives said during a press event at Corning’s new Sunnyvale, California, technology center.
To consumers, Corning is probably best known for its Pyrex glassware in the kitchen. But it’s also a major supplier of glass displays for smartphones, TVs and other electronics. Phones from Apple and Samsung use Corning’s latest technologies, and since the initial launch of Gorilla Glass in 2007, 6 billion devices have hit the market with it.
Gorilla Glass is the ultrastrong glass that prevents your phone display from getting all scratched up when it’s dropped in your purse or shoved in your pocket. And it’s built to resist drops and other damage.
Corning has released new versions of Gorilla Glass nearly every two years since its introduction. The last iteration,from 2016, became more resistant and durable for human-height drops of up to 1.6 meters (5 feet, 2 inches) based on Corning’s tests. That made it almost four times more resistant than regular, unstrengthened glass, the company said at the time.
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