Protective glass manufactured by Corning can be found on the most relevant smartphone manufacturers. Specifically, Gorilla Glass is being used on three billion phones, including Samsung, LG, Sony and other smartphone brands, offering good protection, but still the screen could not be protected if the phone fall from a certain height. At least not until now.
Corning claims that the latest version of the glass is twice as strong than its predecessor – Gorilla Glass 3, what should help to keep the screen safe.
Namely, the recently designed protective material is actually created to make it through collisions with rough surfaces, like the sidewalk, and it’s claimed to be very effective.
While the standard soda-lime glass will usually crack if you drop it from a meter (3.3 feet) above the surface, Gorilla Glass 4 will stay undamaged 80 percent of the time. You can’t be too careless in other words, but the added resistance might mean the distinction among a expensive out-of-warranty repair and carrying on with your day.
“With Gorilla Glass 4, we have focused on significantly improving protection against sharp contact damage, which is the primary reason that mobile devices break,” James Steiner, corporate vice president of Corning Specialty Materials, in a statement. “Dropping and breaking a phone is a common problem, and one that our customers have asked us to help address.”
Corning also announced that it’s currently shipping out experiment samples and shipments for the new glass, so you might expect to see it soon. It’s not identifying clients, but plenty of the largest phone, PC and tablet builders currently use Gorilla Glass, even if they do not often state it by name. There’s a good chance that your upcoming mobile device will be considerably better at surviving a face plant, preferably, you’ll never ever need to uncover this the hard way.