Corning announced the newest version of its ubiquitous Gorilla Glass today. Gorilla Glass 6 is, as you'd expect, the strongest iteration of the material to date, less likely to break than previous versions when dropped. The new glass was engineered not only to survive drops from greater heights, but also more drops over time, Corning says.

Gorilla Glass 5 was announced almost exactly two years ago today. Gorilla Glass 6 is "an entirely new material," more compressed than previous iterations. That compression "helps increase, on average, the likelihood of survival through multiple drop events,” according to Corning vice president of technology and product development Dr. Jaymin Amin. The new glass survived, on average, 15 one-meter drops onto rough surfaces in Corning's lab tests, making it "up to two times better than Gorilla Glass 5." Corning doesn't mention improved scratch resistance, which is a bummer.

No devices have been confirmed to use Gorilla Glass 6, but if history is any indication, it'll be all over the place soon enough. You can check out the full press release below.

Press Release

Corning Introduces Corning® Gorilla® Glass 6, Delivering Improved Durability for Next-Generation Mobile Devices

 

With smartphones becoming more integral in consumers’ lives, Gorilla® Glass 6 provides unprecedented protection against multiple drops

Corning Incorporated (NYSE:GLW) today introduced its latest breakthrough in glass technology, Corning® Gorilla®Glass 6. Built on a decade-long legacy of delivering the toughest cover glass available for consumer mobile devices, Gorilla Glass 6 is Corning’s most durable cover glass to date.

“As consumers become more dependent on their smartphones, the opportunity for potentially damaging drops is also on the rise. Now more than ever, it’s critical that the cover glass provides outstanding protection,” said John Bayne, vice president and general manager, Corning Gorilla Glass. “Corning Gorilla Glass 6 improves upon Gorilla® Glass 5 by surviving drops from higher heights, but, more importantly, has been engineered to survive multiple drops.”

Durability that Adds Up

A recent worldwide Toluna consumer study revealed that, on average, people drop their phones seven times a year, with more than 50 percent of the drops occurring at 1 meter or below. To improve cover glass performance, Corning scientists developed and engineered an entirely new material to address the challenge of multiple drops. On average, in lab tests, Gorilla Glass 6 survived 15 drops from 1 meter onto rough surfaces, and is up to two times better than Gorilla Glass 5. Under the same test conditions, competitive glass compositions, such as soda lime and aluminosilicate, did not survive the first drop.

“Gorilla Glass 6 is an entirely new glass composition that can be chemically strengthened to give it significantly higher levels of compression than is possible with Gorilla Glass 5. This enables Gorilla Glass 6 to be more resistant to damage,” said Dr. Jaymin Amin, vice president of technology and product development, Corning Gorilla Glass and Corning Specialty Materials. “Moreover, with breaks during drops being a probabilistic event, the added compression helps increase, on average, the likelihood of survival through multiple drop events.”

Setting the Pace for Modern Device Designs

In addition to larger front displays with more surface area, mobile device manufacturers are also embracing phone designs with glass backs. These designs are providing new features and applications for consumers, such as enhanced wireless charging, larger screen sizes with smaller bezels, and customization through printed glass backs. With its optical clarity, touch sensitivity, scratch resistance, efficient wireless charging, and enhanced durability, Gorilla Glass 6 is poised to enable these new design trends.

“In addition to addressing drop height and drop frequency, Gorilla Glass 6 was also developed to meet the requirements of modern designs that use glass for more than 85 percent of the enclosure. With both its aesthetic and performance advantages, glass is on the right side of the technology curve and will continue to be the material of choice for mobile consumer electronics,” said Scott Forester, division vice president, Marketing and Innovation Products, Corning Gorilla Glass.

Today, Corning Gorilla Glass has been designed into more than 6 billion devices by more than 45 major brands. Corning Gorilla Glass 6 is the just the latest example of Corning’s continued commitment to innovation – using its core understanding of material science and process-development expertise to create life-changing products.

Corning Gorilla Glass 6 is currently being evaluated by multiple customers, and is expected to reach the market in the next several months.

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About Corning Gorilla Glass

Corning Gorilla Glass was launched in September 2007, literally creating the cover glass industry it currently leads. Since its inception, Corning Gorilla Glass has become the cover glass of choice for device manufacturers around the globe. The durable cover glass technology has been designed into more than 6 billion consumer electronic devices by more than 45 major OEMs.  Today, it would be difficult to find a premium handheld device, anywhere in the world, without Corning Gorilla Glass. Formed through Corning’s proprietary fusion draw process and strengthened through an ion-exchange process, Corning Gorilla Glass continues to deliver industry-leading performance and durability with a thin, pristine surface that is ideal for the Mobile Consumer Electronics industry, as well as Automotive and Interior Architecture applications.

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About Corning Incorporated

Corning (www.corning.com) is one of the world's leading innovators in materials science, with a more than 165-year track record of life-changing inventions. Corning applies its unparalleled expertise in glass science, ceramic science, and optical physics along with its deep manufacturing and engineering capabilities to develop category-defining products that transform industries and enhance people's lives. Corning succeeds through sustained investment in RD&E, a unique combination of material and process innovation, and deep, trust-based relationships with customers who are global leaders in their industries.

Corning's capabilities are versatile and synergistic, which allows the company to evolve to meet changing market needs, while also helping our customers capture new opportunities in dynamic industries. Today, Corning's markets include optical communications, mobile consumer electronics, display technology, automotive, and life sciences vessels. Corning's industry-leading products include damage-resistant cover glass for mobile devices; precision glass for advanced displays; optical fiber, wireless technologies, and connectivity solutions for state-of-the-art communications networks; trusted products to accelerate drug discovery and delivery; and clean-air technologies for cars and trucks.

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