How Tough is Gorilla Glass 5?

Have you ever experienced the horror of dropping your smartphone accidentally and breaking its glass face while raising the device to your face to take a selfie or groufie?

If you have, I'm sure you're wishing that handsets' touchscreens were a lot tougher so as to survive falls from such height.

Gorilla Glass 5

The fifth and latest version of Corning Incorporated's scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass touchscreen - that will most likely debut on high-end smartphones that are arriving within the next few months - addresses that real world scenario.

"With each successive generation of Corning Gorilla Glass, we have taken cover glass technology to new levels. Gorilla Glass 5 is no exception, extending Corning’s advantage in drop performance over competitive glasses. With many real-world drops occurring from between waist and shoulder height, we knew improving drop performance would be an important and necessary advancement," shared Mr. John Bayne, Vice president and General Manager of Corning Gorilla Glass.

Gorilla Glass 5

According to Corning, in lab tests, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 survives up to 80 percent of the time when dropped face-down from 1.6 meters (the usual height we raise our smartphone to with one arm when taking a selfie) on rough surfaces in lab tests.

For those who are wondering, Gorilla Glass 5 also appears to be shatter-proof on a smartphone when the mobile device is dropped from the said height. Here's a simulation and demo video:

Mr. Bayne added, "Gorilla Glass 5 is the latest example of Corning applying its material-science expertise to solve tough consumer challenges in a way that impacts people’s everyday lives."

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