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Corning announces Gorilla Glass 5 with boost in shatter resistance

Corning has revealed Gorilla Glass 5, the latest generation of its glass panels that will end up in millions of upcoming smartphones. The main difference with previous generations is that Corning claims Gorilla Glass 5 will be more resistant to shattering, even if dropped from greater heights. 

So, the details: Corning claims that Gorilla Glass 5 can survive drops from heights of 1.6 meters, or around shoulder height, onto hard surfaces in up to 80 percent of cases. The displays landed face-down onto rough surfaces during testing. With the chemically-strengthened glass being a favorite of the big manufacturers, it's certain that a large portion of phones will soon contain Gorilla Glass 5. Here's a video illustrating the testing that went into the new panels:

Corning's own research found that 85 percent of smartphone owners globally drop their smartphone once per year. The need for stronger displays is greater than ever. And with the upcoming release of the Galaxy Note 7 and iPhone 7, the timing of this announcement makes it clear that we can expect Gorilla Glass 5 to make its way into new flagships very soon.

With the increasingly pervasive use of higher quality build materials – namely glass and aluminum – the risks of breaking a screen are also higher. When Gorilla Glass 4 was announced, we reported that it could be the end of shattered smartphone displays. Unfortunately this was not the case.

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A render of Gorilla Glass 5 during testing. / © Corning

With more than a few AndroidPIT staff members dealing with the woes of a broken screen, myself included (Gorilla Glass 3), it's all too easy to take the promise of a new generation of screens with a handful of salt. When we have the opportunity to test the new panel, we'll find out how durable it is.

Have you suffered a broken screen before? What did you do about it? Let us know in the comments. 



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  • Ivan C. 2 months ago Link to comment

    Is this the same technology as the MOTO X Force?

    • Bastian Siewers
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      2 months ago Link to comment

      No, the shatterproof display on the Moto X Force was developed by themselfes and has nothing to do with Corning.

  • Glass is harder than plastic, and tougher. My wife dropped her brand new S7 Edge on a gravel driveway, the plastic around the screen cracked, but the screen is intact. Give me metal and glass, Preferred.

  • It's time to stop using glass on phones. They should be working on optically clear unbreakable plastic.

  • My Mi4 one day slipped from my hands,within a few months of purchase, there were scratcthes on the glass and the display went off. Instead of paying big amount to replace it again, we got it repaired with ordinary glass and its now ok.

  • No matter how far they improved the phone's glasses, there is always be a % of risk to break it , so i think it would be a good idea to buy a cover that can also protect the screen

  • Mark 2 months ago Link to comment

    Glass on the front of a phone is necessary to protect the display. Glass on the back of a phone no matter how strong, is shear stupidity.

  • I don't trust them anymore! Gorilla Glass 4 was supposed to be that!
    3 weeks after the purchase of my brand new S6 last year, while getting out from a small SUV, the phone slipped out of my pocket and fell on the road asphalt!!! Dents on all 4 corners, luckily only the top corner of the phone was cracked. The main screen was safe! Instead of paying big bucks for the crack and risk getting fake displays, I put a skin on the front and lived with that hidden crack!
    If they did their tests on asphalt, even Gorilla Glass 10 would crack! Nothing resists asphalt!

  • Ahm AD 2 months ago Link to comment

    Is It hard Scratch proof?

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