Corning, the leading global glassmaker for mobile devices, revealed last week that its latest breakthrough innovation, Corning Gorilla Glass 5, takes toughened glass to new heights. The company said that internal lab tests have shown the glass survived intact 80 percent of the time when dropped face-down from a height of up to 1.6 meters.
Unveiling the new glass, Corning claimed that it was tested on all type of surfaces including rough ones and was up to four times better than competitive glass designs. The innovative new product, which is now commercially available, is expected to be seen on flagship mobile devices later this year.
According to a recent global study, over 85 percent of smartphone owners have dropped their phones at least once per year and 55 percent have dropped their phones three times or more. Additionally, more than 60 percent of smartphone owners reported dropping their devices between shoulder and waist height.
“With each successive generation of Corning Gorilla Glass, we have taken cover glass technology to new levels. With many real-world drops occurring from between waist and shoulder height, we knew improving drop performance would be an important and necessary advancement,” said John Bayne, vice president and general manager at Corning Gorilla Glass.
The company claimed that over 4.5 billion devices use Corning Gorilla Glass worldwide, including more than 1,800 product models across 40 major brands. The glassmaker stressed that though Gorilla Glass 5 has been designed keeping in mind consumers' top issue, namely screen breakage, the new glass will offer greater optical clarity and touch sensitivity that will allow consumers to interact with their mobiles better by touching, typing and swiping screen content.