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Glass-maker Corning has developed a new Gorilla Glass which may make smashed smartphone screens a thing of the past.
Corning says the new glass will make it twice as likely that a smartphone will survive being dropped on the floor.
Increased danger of smashed smartphone screens
As phones get bigger, and come with glass back and front, the danger of smashed smartphone screens increases.
Screens crack and shatter after being dropped or through stress from being bent, squeezed or banged in a pocket or handbag.
The improved new Gorilla Glass 6 is a chemically strengthened and compressed glass. Corning says it offers twice the drop protection of its predecessor, Gorilla Glass 5.
New glass reduces chances of smashed smartphone screens
Corning’s Dr Jaymin Amin said: “The added compression helps increase, on average, the likelihood of survival through multiple drop events.”
The new glass survived an average of 15 drops from one metre compared to 11 for the previous version.
“Gorilla Glass 6 improves upon Gorilla Glass 5 by surviving drops from higher heights, but, more importantly, has been engineered to survive multiple drops,” said John Bayne, vice president and general manager of Corning Gorilla Glass.
Gorilla Glass 6 also has similar scratch resistance to the older glass.
Gorilla Glass 6 on the market this autumn
Apple’s current iPhones, Samsung’s Galaxy 9 and the majority of top-end smartphones use Gorilla Glass 5. Corning said Gorilla Glass 6 will be on the market and supplied in most phones by the autumn.
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