Apple, Acer, LG, Motorola and Samsung–perhaps the only thing these mobile phone makers have in common is the ever-important Gorilla Glass face. American glass manufacturer Corning announced its latest milestone: Gorilla Glass 5.
Gorilla Glass is the choice of essentially every major mobile technology manufacturer. Their roster includes “over 40 major brands designing Gorilla Glass into more than 1,800 product models totalling 4.5 billion devices“, so chances are you are reading this on Gorilla Glass right now. Made famous by their optical clarity and touch sensitivity, they can now add durability to the list for your most epic selfie situations.
In the glass game, it is all about the drop stats. Corning is boasting its test results from 1.6 meters, which also happens to be the global average human height–go figure. “In fact, 85 percent of smartphone owners have dropped their phones at least once in the past year,” said Corning in a release.
In drop tests using the latest Gorilla Glass at .6mm, the glass survives “up to 80 percent of the time”. That exceeds Gorilla Glass 4 and four times better results than the competition (and should hold up to the average mirror-self mishap).
“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,” said John Bayne, vice president and general manager, Corning Gorilla Glass. “With many real-world drops occurring from between waist and shoulder height, we knew improving drop performance would be an important and necessary advancement.”