Corning's new glass will let your smartphone survive multiple drops

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Corning's Gorilla glass has been a standard on every major smartphone for quite some time.

Corning announced its new Gorilla Glass material today, called Gorilla Glass 6.

John Bayne, the general manager of Corning's Gorilla Glass business, talks up the company's newest technology, Gorilla Glass 6, during an event Wednesday in Sunnyvale, California.

According to a recent study that Corning has furnished, consumers tend to drop their mobile devices several times a year. "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. Not only was the glass created to better resist drops, but it was also put through the paces to resist scratches from rough surfaces. Under the same test conditions, competitive glass compositions, such as soda lime and aluminosilicate, did not survive the first drop. They also claim to have used completely new material in the construction of the Gorilla Glass 6 which gives it higher levels of compression compared to its predecessor. "Moreover, with breaks during drops being a probabilistic event, the added compression helps increase, on average, the likelihood of survival through multiple drop events". Many new handsets offer glass on the rear, not only for style but also for functional purposes like allowing wireless charging. It's getting better scratch resistance, too.

In addition to making the glass more resiliant, Corning also designed the Gorilla Glass 6 to work better with all-glass phones.

Corning said the new glass has entered production. Gorilla Glass 6 is now "being evaluated by multiple customers" and will hit the market in the next few months.

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