Corning Incorporated today unveiled the newest iteration of their popular Gorilla Glass, Gorilla Glass 5. The new cover glass is designed to provide further protection against breakage from everyday drops. Corning lab tests indicated that Gorilla Glass 5 survives drops onto rough surfaces up to four times better than competitive glass designs.
Mobile devices are the primary tools consumers use to capture, view, create, send and consume digital content, and the cover glass is the interface for touching, typing and swiping that content. Consumers count on their cover glass to deliver damage resistance, optical clarity, touch sensitivity, and protection from drops. The unique attributes of Gorilla Glass 5 build on the best-in-class performance of previous generations of Corning Gorilla Glass.
Corning conducted a global study regarding instances of users having dropped their phones. This study encompassed smartphone users from 11 countries including the US, Brazil, the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Turkey, India, Russia, China, and Indonesia. Collectively, these countries represent 3.9 billion people or 54 per cent of the world’s population.
They found 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.
“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,” said John Bayne, vice president and general manager, Corning Gorilla Glass.
“With many real-world drops occurring from between waist and shoulder height, we knew improving drop performance would be an important and necessary advancement.”
In lab tests, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 was found to have survived up to 80 per cent of the time when dropped face-down from 1.6 metres onto rough surfaces.
Leveraging its strengths in glass science and fusion manufacturing, Corning leads the cover glass industry it created nearly 10 years ago.
Corning Gorilla Glass has been used on more than 4.5 billion devices worldwide, including more than 1,800 product models across 40 major brands. Gorilla Glass 5 will allow manufacturers to provide the ultimate in high-resolution, touch-enabled devices.
Corning Gorilla Glass 5 is commercially available and is expected to be on product models from leading global brands later this year.