Corning's Gorilla Glass 5 will protect future flagship phones against drops from up to 1.6 meters


Corning has unveiled a new toughened glass model. Called Gorilla Glass 5, Corning's upcoming chemically strengthened cover glass will provide strong protection against drops from up to 1.6 meters onto rough surfaces.

Compared to its predecessor, Corning's Gorilla Glass 5 will provide better protection against drops from waist and shoulder heights. Gorilla Glass 4, which Corning introduced back in 2014, offered efficient protection when users dropped their phones from about a meter high.

Quoting a recent study, Corning says that more than 85% of smartphone owners drop their phones at least once per year. More than half, or 55% to be exact, have dropped their handsets three or more times per year. The same study says that 60% of smartphone users have dropped their phones from the shoulder and waist level, which suggests that most drops occur when users take their phones out of their pockets or when they use the camera.

Corning says that its new Gorilla Glass 5 model is designed to offer better protection in this common drop-case scenario. The new toughened glass cover is touted to survive about 80% of the time when dropped face-down from 1.6 meters onto rough surfaces.

Corning's toughened cover glass solutions have been used on more than 1,800 device models from 40 major manufacturers. More than 4.5 billion devices have been shipped worldwide with Gorilla Glass in the 10 years which have passed since Corning entered and kickstarted the cover glass industry.

Gorilla Glass 5 has already entered production and the manufacturer has promised to offer more details in the next few months. Given the timeline, this could suggest that the fall crop of flagship smartphones might be equipped with the new toughened glass model. 

source: Corning via The Verge

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34 Comments

1. Jevon5

Posts: 60; Member since: Feb 15, 2016

Galaxy Note 7?

7. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

I sure hope so! GG2: Monkey Glass GG3: Gorilla glass BETA GG4: The real release GG5v v2

9. PHYCLOPSH

Posts: 652; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

You forgot GG1: Pygmy Marmoset Glass

11. phonearenarocks

Posts: 606; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

Well! The manufacturing of the first batch of Note 7 has already started as per rumor mill. Considering this report that GG5 has just entered production, it will be difficult that note 7 will get it. Buy i will pray that will get it.

2. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Note 7 + GG5 = Great partnership

3. fyah_king unregistered

How about protection against those mini scratches?

15. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

They should have made this a priority. I have a lot of scratches on the screen of my htc m9 and I see a few small hairline scratches on my father's s6 edge

32. joeytaylor

Posts: 957; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Micro scratches are very annoying....cannot see them when the phone is on....but when off they show really bad

4. InsertUsernameHere

Posts: 430; Member since: Aug 31, 2014

Samsung will probably use it on the Note 7.

5. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Just put bullet resistance glass on my smartphone and call it a day.

6. belovedson

Posts: 1060; Member since: Nov 30, 2010

Just service Moto with their unbearable glass?

8. Babadook

Posts: 230; Member since: May 24, 2016

Anyone know the specs or situation about SCRATCHING the Moto Z Force? Is it supposed to be scratch proof AND shatterproof?

19. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Doubtful. Find me any plastic that's scratch proof. Not knocking Moto's bit of smartphone innovation, but Shattershield is not without its downsides. It's shatterproof - truly - because it's soft plastic with a hard plastic overlay.

10. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

I sure hope this is what is on the Galaxy Note 7. Especially as I haven't seen any good review about tampered glass screen protectors for the Edge versions of the Galaxy S6/S7.

18. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

But here will be some, just like every other edge phone has one.

12. blueghost211

Posts: 57; Member since: Oct 19, 2015

Yeah, and we won't see it for another two years. We're still seeing flagships with GG3. I hope I'm wrong. I really do.

13. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1817; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Haven't seen a gorilla glass phone not shatter yet?

17. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Yep. Bring resistant to breaking, doesn't mean it wont. But I don't count the stupid videos of phones being dropped until they break After all, it's still glass. Glass breaks!

14. darkkjedii

Posts: 30964; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Is that Harambe?

21. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Too soon, man. Too soon.

23. Fona13A unregistered

He Dindu Nuffin

16. Swordylove

Posts: 209; Member since: Jun 27, 2015

Since the first GG to GG 4 I don't really see any difference. All drop tests prove the same. And still as many people complaining about scratching/shattering. Overselling at its best.

30. dimas

Posts: 3342; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Because even if they improve the manufacturing oems still want them thinner every year, making the improvement useful in marketing ads.

20. Boybawang

Posts: 205; Member since: Jun 02, 2013

Can it protect Samsung AMOLED screen from Burn-in?

22. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

*grabs popcorn* *waits*

24. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

nope.. but apple logo can do that, just wait when that screen used for 2017's iPhone, and apple fans will forget about that burn-in problem

25. EC112987

Posts: 1214; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

The more and more you troll....the less affective you are. Get over yourself and change the subject.

26. EC112987

Posts: 1214; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

Effective**

27. Sbptech

Posts: 3; Member since: Jul 20, 2016

Galaxy note 7 will definitively come with CG5 i think. Galaxy alpha (August 2014) was the first phone used CG4, Before Corning officially released CG4 (november 2014)

28. XaErO

Posts: 353; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

"Gorilla Glass 5 has already entered production and the manufacturer has promised to offer more details in the next few months." Hopefully they come up with more details and advancements like - "Anti reflective tech" This tech was demonstrated by corning in 2014 - more than 3 years later; if we still do not have this tech for commercial use then that's a disappointment, at least to me. This tech should be on priority as this is gonna give some big improvements for mobile devices. http://www.phonearena.com/news/A-thorough-Corning-demo-of-Gorilla-Glass-with-anti-reflective-coating-shows-what-the-future-holds-for-smartphones_id56986 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=05UFlwnbtfE&spfreload=10 https://www.corning.com/worldwide/en/innovation/the-glass-age/science-of-glass/how-it-works-anti-reflective.html

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