This morning, Corning announced new Gorilla Glass 4 for smartphones, a new protective barrier that “provides at least two times improved damage resistance over competitive aluminosilicate glass, as measured by retained strength after damage events, resulting in improved mechanical durability of the glass to in-field damage events, such as drops.” Oh, you want the details in English? OK, we can do that.
You are likely familiar with Corning, since their Gorilla Glass products have been protecting smartphone displays for years now. The device in your pocket or in your hand right now, is probably protected by Gorilla Glass 2 or 3. Since their launch in 2007, Corning has seen its Gorilla Glass products featured in more than 3 billion devices.
The new Gorilla Glass 4 is “up to two times tougher” than competitor glasses on the market now. More importantly, Corning focused on creating new glass that can withstand everyday drops. Why they didn’t focus on this before is beyond me, but hey, they are now! The Corning crew took their new Gorilla Glass 4 to the lab and discovered that it survives up to 80% of the time from every day drops, whereas Soda-lime glass (the stuff in today’s commercial devices) breaks nearly 100% of the time. To see more on the testing that went into the new Gorilla Glass 4, either watch the GIF at the top of this post over and over again, or check out the video below.
Gorilla Glass 4 sampling and shipment has already begun. Expect to see the new Gorilla Glass in your devices soon.