Corning’s specialty is manufacturing the glass material used in most of today’s smartphones and tablet devices. Many may be familiar with the American company’s trademark product, Gorilla Glass, which should be expected, considering that every major smartphone release in recent times frequently name check this glass component.
But now, the company has unveiled Gorilla Glass 5, the latest iteration of its Gorilla Glass lineup, and most certainly, its toughest smartphone glass offering by far. One of the things that mobile users fear most (that is, apart from running out of battery power, or entering a no signal or no Wi-Fi zone) is dropping their handsets on a hard surface. The good news is that Corning is as committed as ever in retaining the structural integrity of our smartphone’s glass component.
This is where Gorilla Glass 5 comes in. Based on Corning’s trials, the newest version of its Gorilla Glass can withstand drops of up to 1.6 meters (about 5 feet and 2 inches). This makes it four times more resistant than standard glass. For comparison, Gorilla Glass 5’s predecessor (introduced a couple of years back) could survive drops of about pocket height. Corning actually studied the pattern of handset drops and found that 63 percent of them happen between waist and shoulder level. Of course, the goal of the company was to make the glass withstand drops from a taller level.
To many, manufacturing glass may be as simple as it gets. But Corning, every effort is made in order to make the glass as durable as possible. Not only does the company make changes in the materials that make up the glass, but it also looks into the specific chemicals that are included to further strengthen the structure. Moreover, scratch resistance is also extensively examined -- the result is a new form of smartphone glass that can withstand drops from a few feet and can also protect itself from scratches.
Corning’s commitment to continuously improve its product has paid some dividends. According to Jim Steiner, the senior vice president of the company, Gorilla Glass has been used on 4.5 billion mobile devices to date. On a yearly basis, Steiner revealed that shipments currently reach a billion handsets every year. For sure, the number of shipments will only grow as Corning deploys Gorilla Glass 5 around the world.
Gorilla Glass 5 has now been rolled out to various phone makers across the globe, and in the next few months, consumers should start seeing devices that sport Corning’s newest glass offering.
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