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How many times do you drop your phone? According to Corning, that number stands at 7 per year. While Gorilla Glass 5 was designed to withstand 7 drops on average, that number doesn’t seem to have been satisfactory to Corning. Gorilla Glass has been a mainstream feature of many smartphones since the launch of the first-generation Gorilla Glass back in 2008. In 2016, Corning launched Gorilla Glass 5. Two years after Gorilla Glass 5, the company has now announced "Gorilla Glass 6"its most durable glass yet.
Gorilla Glass 6:-
Corning states that Gorilla Glass 6 is built on a decade-long legacy of delivering the 'toughest glass available' for consumer mobile glass devices. Gorilla Glass 6 is an entirely new glass composition that can be chemically strengthened to give it significantly higher levels of compression, this enables Gorilla Glass 6 to be more resistant to damage.
Why Does Glass Break?
The glass on smartphones is incredibly thin and getting thinner. At the same time, it has to be designed to be ever tougher. Over years of testing, Corning’s engineers have pinned the reasons for glass failure to two aspects:
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These two factors are responsible for 80 percent of failures that glass experiences.
Gorilla Glass 5 vs Gorilla Glass 6:-
Gorilla Glass and Entry-Level Phones:-
An interesting point that was brought up at the event was that of the cost of implementing Gorilla Glass in entry-level phones of the type that are everywhere in India. Corning’s take was that the cost of the cover glass is a mere fraction of the overall cost of the phone, possibly hitting 2 percent in the case of budget devices. The problem with using cheaper glass is that it’ll break easily.
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For someone buying a phone in India, that purchase is a significant one, it could represent 2-3 months salary in many cases – and to have that purchase be rendered useless by one small accident will be heart-breaking. That slight increase in cost will be offset by the enhanced durability of using a stronger glass.
When Will We See The New Glass?
While nobody willing to commit to a time-frame, Corning was quite confident that we’ll see phones with Gorilla Glass 6 by the end of the year. Corning is making the material available to manufacturers now. It should take a few months to start arriving in handsets.
Corning notes that Gorilla Glass has been designed into more than 6 billion devices by more than 45 major brands. Gorilla Glass 6 is currently being evaluated by multiple consumers, according to the company. It’s expected to reach the market in the next several months. It will be interesting to see how ubiquitous Gorilla Glass 6 becomes and how quickly.
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