American multinational tech company Corning Incorporated has announced the launch of Gorilla Glass 6, which is 2x stronger than Gorilla Glass 5 and claimed to be Corning’s most durable cover glass to date.
Built with an entirely new material, Corning scientists tested the Gorilla Glass 6 by dropping it from 1-meter height and it survived 15 drops. On the contrary, competitive glass compositions, such as soda lime and aluminosilicate, did not survive the first drop.
“As consumers become more dependent on their smartphones, the opportunity for potentially damaging drops is also on the rise. Now more than ever, it’s critical the cover glass provides outstanding protection,” said John Bayne, vice president and general manager, Corning Gorilla Glass. “Corning Gorilla Glass 6 improves upon Gorilla Glass 5 by surviving drops from higher heights, but, more importantly, has been engineered to survive multiple drops.”
“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. “Moreover, with breaks during drops being a probabilistic event, the added compression helps increase, on average, the likelihood of survival through multiple drop events.”
“In addition to addressing drop height and drop frequency, Gorilla Glass 6 was also developed to meet the requirements of modern designs that use glass for more than 85 percent of the enclosure. With both its aesthetic and performance advantages, glass is on the right side of the technology curve and will continue to be the material of choice for mobile consumer electronics,” said Scott Forester, division vice president, Marketing and Innovation Products,
The company said that the Corning Gorilla Glass 6 is currently under evaluation by multiple customers will arrive in the market in the next several months.