Corning Inc. has presented the fourth generation of its Gorilla Glass, claiming that it is two times tougher than its precursor, re-defining the standards in damage resistance with its new product.
According to Corning, Gorilla Glass 4 is twice as tough as its nearest rival when it comes to protecting dropped phones. The company tested Gorilla Glass 4 by dropping it face-down on to a rough surface from one meter and found that the glass survived the fall “up to 80 percent of the time.”
The video below shows how a phone furnished with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 could survive a drop onto a hard surface.
The first generation of Gorilla Glass launched in 2007, and since then it has saved the virtue of thousands of devices. With Gorilla Glass 4 the company has concentrated on significantly improving protection against sharp contact damage.
Corning’s SVP and General Manager, James R. Steiner seemed stoked by the new launch. In an official statement, he said:
Corning® Gorilla® Glass has outperformed competing materials, such as soda-lime glass and other strengthened glass, since it was introduced in 2007, and we’re always innovating to push the limits of what glass can do.
With Gorilla Glass 4, we have focused on significantly improving protection against sharp contact damage, which is the primary reason that mobile devices break. Dropping and breaking a phone is a common problem, and one that our customers have asked us to help address.
Gorilla Glass 4 is now shipping to device manufacturers around the world and will likely be making an appearance in next year’s flagship phones.