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Corning Gorilla Glass 4 could spell the end of shattered screens

We've all dropped our phones, and the moment of panic that takes over when it lands face down is almost indescribable. What will you see when you turn it over? Will the screen be intact, or will it have shattered into a thousand pieces? It's come a little too late for the likes of the Nexus 6, but the fourth generation of Gorilla Glass – Corning Gorilla Glass 4 – is on the way, and it could make smashed screens a thing of the past.

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With Corning Gorilla Glass 4, smashed screens could be a thing of the past. © AndroidPIT

Scratching the screen of your phone is one thing, but it does not usually render a phone unusable. Previous generations of Gorilla Glass have helped to all but eliminate pecky scratches from keys, coins and other things that share your pocket with your phone, but smashing is a different matter entirely. Drop your phone onto a hard surface and there's a high chance the screen will break and become unusable.

According to Corning, Gorilla Glass 4 is twice as tough as its nearest rival when it comes to protecting dropped phones. The company's researchers developed a series of drop tests that simulated real-world situations and then used the data from this to develop a new breed of glass that survives a 1 metre drop onto a rough surface 80 percent of the time.

The video below shows how a phone kitted out with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 could survive a drop onto a hard surface:

It's not known when Corning Gorilla Glass 4 will be seen in handsets, but the company says that testing is currently underway with a number of customers, so hopefully it won’t be too long before extra protection comes to our screens.

Have you destroyed a phone by smashing its screen? Would you ditch your current phone in favour of one with Corning Gorilla Glass 4? 

Source: Corning


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  • I think the future is not glass (Gorilla glass 7, or 17). Not even saphire or crystal. It's got to be plastic, hard crystal clear plastic that's touch sensitive, shatter-proof and flexible.

  • Screen protectors FTW! :D

  • In my hotel, I was brushing my teeth at the end of a long day. I set my 3 week new Z3 on a folded towel on the ledge, about 1.3m from the hard tile floor. just as I was about to spit, I catch movement from the corner of my eye. I glanced quickly enough that I was able to get my foot under it before it touched down. right foot, left side. fast. not a scratch. But I was shaking for at least 10 minutes. That was adrenalin pure.
    if they can make gglass shatterproof, I'd throw money at it.
    almost forgot, the case I had ordered the previous weekend was waiting for me when I got home. 2 piece, rubber soft shell, and a hard plastic back with corner protection and a kickstand. I think it'll work, but gorilla glass that's drop proof?! wicked cool

  • I think I have been lucky. I've owned a huge number of phones over the years, and they've only ever suffered from minor scratches. My Nexus 7, on the other hand, was destroyed when I used it in the kitchen to follow a recipe and a mug stand fell out of the upboard on to it. Completely unusable! Gah!

  • I ruined the back panel of my Nexus 4 by dropping it from half a meter! 😷

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