Corning Gorilla Glass 6 has been announced, and the promise this time is that it will protect your smartphone when it drops from a height of 1 metre. Not just once. With Gorilla Glass 6, your precious smartphone will supposedly survive being dropped 15 times from a height of 1 metre.
Which is rich, considering that previous versions of Gorilla Glass have generally not lived up to expectations. Many Apple iPhone and Samsung Galaxy users, for example, have tales of how fragile the glass on their Corning Gorilla-protected phones are. One drop is all it takes.
How Much Stronger Than Gorilla Glass 5?
“Gorilla Glass 6 is an entirely new glass composition that can be chemically strengthened to give it significantly higher levels of compression than is possible with Gorilla Glass 5. This enables Gorilla Glass 6 to be more resistant to damage,” said Dr. Jaymin Amin, vice president of technology and product development, Corning Gorilla Glass and Corning Specialty Materials.
The PR copy says Corning Gorilla Glass 6 is “up to 2x better than Gorilla Glass 5”. Colour me not quite convinced. We have heard similar claims before. Every other day, someone with a smartphone protected by Gorilla Glass has horror stories to tell of their device dropping and the display gone to pieces, like Humpty-Dumpty.
None of Gorilla Glass’ competitors have fared better either.
About Corning Gorilla Glass 6
Here is more about Corning Gorilla Glass 6 from Corning:
“Just look around. Staying connected with our lives runs right through our smartphones. They’re always at hand — which means they’re always at risk for potentially damaging drops. Plus, these devices are getting thinner and their surfaces larger, with many featuring glass-backs, as well. The rules have changed. To solve for this, Corning scientists engineered tougher and more durable Corning Gorilla Glass 6.
“Subjected to a new and rigorous test methodology in our labs, on average, Gorilla Glass 6 survived 15 consecutive drops from 1 meter onto rough surfaces and is up to 2x better than Gorilla® Glass 5. Under the same test conditions, competitive glass compositions didn’t even survive the first drop. Gorilla Glass 6 also survives at higher heights than Gorilla Glass 5. All good reasons to better ensure you’ll stay connected today, and all the days to come, with a device featuring tough, durable Corning Gorilla Glass 6.”
I hope that the reality matches the marketing hype we are hearing now. I do not drop my smartphones a lot. Having used about 200 phones, I have lost only two to a drop. But every day, many phone users lose their devices to drops.
As such, I have a dream that one day smartphones will survive drops without the glass breaking or cracking. Multiple drops, as a matter of fact. Whether Corning Gorilla Glass 6 is the fulfilment of that dream remains to be seen.