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Gorilla Glass 5 is on the way, survives drops of up to 6 feet

Corning is working on Gorilla Glass 5, its best mobile device screen protection ever

By Anthony Garreffa on Jul 21, 2016 01:22 pm CDT - 1 min, 3 secs reading time

We've all been there: you drop your smartphone, your heart, soul and time itself stops for those 1-2 seconds as it hits the ground... but does it shatter? Sometimes yes, and sometimes no - depending on the smartphone itself, and whether it has Gorilla Glass protecting it.

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Most high-end smartphones have Gorilla Glass, but now Corning is working on Gorilla Glass 5 - its best iteration yet. The Verge reports that Gorilla Glass 5 survives up to 80% of the time, when dropped from as high as 5.9 feet (1.8m), which is not too damn bad at all.

Until now, Gorilla Glass has protected smartphone screens from drops to flat and hard surfaces, but part of the development behind Gorilla Glass 5 is that it will protect your smartphone screen from sharp objects and rough surfaces. These surfaces might not necessarily shatter your screen, but they will damage the front of your phone - and this is what Corning hopes to stop with Gorilla Glass 5.

Gorilla Glass 5 will be as thin as 0.4mm, and while it might not protect your smartphone or tablet from larger drops like its predecessor, Corning is having to make it thinner because smartphones and tablets are getting thinner and thinner as the months flick by on the calendar.

Anthony Garreffa

ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Anthony Garreffa

Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games to be built around consoles. With FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with high-end, custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU technology is unwavering, and with next-gen NVIDIA GPUs about to launch alongside 4K 144Hz HDR G-Sync gaming monitors and BFGDs (65-inch 4K 120Hz HDR G-Sync TVs) there has never been a time to be more excited about technology.

NEWS SOURCE:theverge.com

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