New Gorilla Glass Launched To Help Prevent Smartphone Smashes

Always worried about dropping your Smartphone while taking a selfie? But now taking a selfie could soon be less risky, states specialist glass maker Corning.

Corning has launched its next generation of Gorilla Glass. The stuff used in more than 70 percent of smartphone screens, including on Samsung and Apple mobile devices. Gorilla Glass 5 could sustain more than 80 percent of drops from as high as 1.6 meters.


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Smashed or cracked screens are the main problem of Smartphone servicing and customer complaints globally.

The new glass has experimented on rough surfaces, a demo for journalists presented dummy phones being dropped from a height of 1.6 meters onto a layer of sandpaper.

Some of the phones tested sustained over 20 hard drops in the lab. Most phone falls are from between waist and shoulder height.


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As well as falls, the company said it was twice at good at resisting scratches and other damage analyzes to what’s currently on the market. Device manufacturers are anticipated to unveil products with the new glass within the next few months.


Corning’s vice president and general manager John Bayne told the BBC, ‘We’ve been working with our closest customers for some time now, and there’s huge interest in this product for obvious reasons.’

Man walks by advertisement for Corning Gorilla Glass 3 outside Las Vegas Convention Center on first day of Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas

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However, he suggested that Corning had no control over future Smartphone designs. Some designs could be slightly weaker depending on the manufacturer and models of the device. Corning’s statistics were based preferably on controlled lab conditions. The company would not let the BBC experiment the glass outside of the lab.

Corning’s work in specialist glass dates back to 1879 when it designed the glass used in the iconic Edison light bulb.


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By 2016, more than 4.5 billion devices use Gorilla Glass, which is produced using a technique known as fusion forming. It requires placing the raw materials, sand and other inorganic material, which is not specified into a melting pot.

It is then transferred to an isopipe, basically a small trough, which is intentionally over-filled. The melted material spills out over both sides and blends underneath to form the layer of glass.

This technique means there is no human contact required in creating the glass, reducing defects and removing the requirement to treat the glass afterward.

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