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New version of Gorilla Glass has been released by Corning and its Corning Gorilla Glass 5

Corning Gorilla Glass 5
New version of Gorilla Glass has been released by Corning and its Corning Gorilla Glass 5

If you are one of them whose phones drop quite frequent then this news will bring some delight on your face.

“Corning Incorporated” the company behind Gorilla Glass for smartphones, has unveiled new version of its glass, Corning Gorilla Glass 5. The new cover glass is designed to provide further protection against breakage from everyday drops. In the Corning labs, the Gorilla Glass 5 survived 1.6 meter drop test.

In it’s press release Corning Inc said, “Rigorous lab tests show that Gorilla Glass 5 survives drops onto rough, unforgiving surfaces up to four times better than competitive glass designs.” Corning claims that Gorilla Glass 5 survived up to 80 per cent of the time when it was dropped face-down from 1.6 meters onto rough surfaces compared to other glass designs.

Adding to it John Bayne, vice president and general manager, Corning Gorilla Glass said, “With each successive generation of Corning Gorilla Glass, we have taken cover glass technology to new levels. Gorilla Glass 5 is no exception, extending Corning’s advantage in drop performance over competitive glasses.”

Gorilla Glass first started showing up in consumer electronics devices in 2007. Since then it has iterated on the glass to improve overall durability and scratch-resistance while also making it thinner. At the time Gorilla Glass first shipped, global smartphone penetration was only around 10 percent; now it's nearly 75 percent. For years, Corning’s toughened glass has graced the screens of more than 4.5 billion devices around the world to protect them from drops and untoward encounters with keys and coins in pockets.

Manufacturers like Samsung, HTC, Lenovo, Huawei, LG, HP, and Asus have all made devices using the glass, along with other unnamed device makers.

Gorilla Glass 5 is in production now and the company says we should hear more about it "in the next few months." So, there's a decent chance it will be ready just in time for all of the fall hardware events.

Corning says this version – which is commercially available and should arrive on devices later this year – is four times better than competing products – but as The Verge notes, the 80 percent survival rate is only achieved by Gorilla Glass 5 that’s 0.6mm thick; if manufacturers opts for thinner glass (Corning already makes 0.4mm thick panels), it’s likely that the results won’t be quite the same.

But overall it’s a good news for all those who drop their phone quite often and face the pay good amount for the replacement of the glass, do let us know what you think about the new Gorilla Glass 5 I comment section below.

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