Corning has officially taken the stage to introduce what is describing as a vital component of “next-generation mobile devices.” Gorilla Glass is one of the popular choices for device manufacturers because it means they can tout their hardware durability for real-world consumers.
In fact, in this case, Corning Gorilla Glass 6 has officially been announced, the next iteration of Corning’s revolutionary product which the company promises to offer “improved durability” and “unprecedented protection against multiple drops.”
Well, whether or not that durability Corning is promising actually translates to real-world scenarios can be hit-or-miss, and completely dependent on specific situations. Drops happen. Touch endures is the caption while unveiling the Gorilla Glass 6 product.
Consumers, all over the world can expect all manufacturers to continually be processing their offerings and making them better with each release. Where Gorilla Glass 6 is concerned, that’s exactly what Corning is looking to deliver in the future.
The product Gorilla Glass 6 is said to be the most durable version to date and has been entirely re-engineered from a new material that has been designed to withstand multiple drops and ensure that smartphones and other mobile devices are kept in pristine condition, as explained by John Bayne, VC, and GM of Corning Gorilla Glass production:
As consumers become more dependent on their smartphones, the opportunity for potentially damaging drops is also on the rise. Now more than ever, it’s critical that the cover glass provides outstanding protection. Corning Gorilla Glass 6 improves upon Gorilla® Glass 5 by surviving drops from higher heights, but, more importantly, has been engineered to survive multiple drops.
Still, we see plenty of drop tests with new releases, and the iPhone X was certainly not exempt from such drop tests. Corning, the company behind the production of Gorilla Glass, often touts the strength of its glass options and continues to do so with its latest release, Gorilla Glass 6.
It proves that new glass composition has been chemically strengthened to offer “higher levels of compression” than what was possible with the previous iteration of the product. Corning is quick to tout its engineers in place to counteract the extreme likelihood that a smartphone will be dropped on multiple occasions. This new design change, however, the new levels of compression will assist and help the device built with Gorilla Glass 6 survive multiple drops.
In testing, survive “15 drops from 1 meter onto rough surfaces, where the engineers worked to create “an entirely new material” that can withstand those drops. Corning says Gorilla Glass 6 is two times “better” than CGG5 (Gorilla Glass 5).
Apple is one of those smartphone makers set to release three new smartphone models this year of iPhone X, and will likely keep the same design ethos going forward into 2019 and beyond. If so, this new Corning revolution should immediately give additional combat and protect the device, if used. Apple has invested a lot heavily in Corning with the company receiving $200 million from Apple in 2017 as part of its Advanced Manufacturing Fund.
With that said, Corning also claims that Gorilla Glass 6 is currently “being evaluated” from multiple customers, of which Apple is likely one and should reach the market in the next couple of months. We will likely see the first smartphones utilizing this breakthrough hitting the market before the year is out.
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