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Corning Gorilla Glass 5 offers further protection from drops

by Mark Tyson on 21 July 2016, 10:01

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Corning has unveiled the latest iteration of its popular tough Gorilla Glass. The new flagship Corning Gorilla Glass 5 is said to maintain “leadership in optical clarity, touch sensitivity, and damage resistance.” Corning says that particular attention in creating “further protection against breakage from everyday drops” was a focus of Gorilla Glass 5 design. Its headline claim is that the new glass is “four times better than competitive glass designs,” at surviving drops onto rough, unforgiving surfaces.

The focus on helping devices survive accidental drops stems from research showing that “over 85 per cent of smartphone owners have dropped their phones at least once per year and 55 per cent have dropped their phones three times or more. Additionally, more than 60 per cent of smartphone owners reported dropping their devices between shoulder and waist height.” So Corning designed and tested Gorilla Glass 5 for surviving drops, face down onto rough surfaces, from a height of 1.6 metres. In lab tests its newest glass survived this drop 80 per cent of the time.

When will you be able to buy a device with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection? According to the press release the new glass is already commercially available and it is expected to be available on products from leading brands later in the year.

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"“four times better than competitive glass designs,” - Which can mean anything. Either way the phone screen will still smash, they'll still make a load of money, all the while planning the new version, to make even more money.

It survives a 1.6 meter fall 80 percent of the time? Is it me or does that percent seem fairly low? I guess that's alright for a device without a case on it, but it doesn't seem smart to go without 3rd party protection yet.
That's 80 percent of the time, it works every time.

OK I'll get my coat…
hmmm so how much of improvement it is compared to thier previous product?
Silence means below 5% …
hmmm so how much of improvement it is compared to thier previous product?
Silence means below 5% …

Google says:
“Corning has unveiled the sequel to its popular Gorilla Glass. Version 4 is better at falling – it survives 80% of drops from 1m (3.3ft) on a rough surface meant to emulate the jaggedy surfaces encountered in daily use.”

So not a huge improvement. Haha