This Note 9 vs iPhone X machine drop test can break your heart, too

Samsung has a stake in Corning, the makers of the tough Gorilla Glass material that most modern flagships use to prevent them from shattering into pieces when they hit the ground. Thus, it's only logical that one of its famed phone lines - the Note phablets with S Pen stylus - is usually where every new generation of Gorilla Glass makes a cameo. Thus, when Corning invited us to observe their R&D factory process not long ago, we assumed that the newly-minted Gorilla Glass 6 we saw there will debut on the Note 9.

Corning, however, sent us a memo that the first phone with Gorilla Glass 6 will be from Oppo, and indeed it was the R17 and its Pro version that got announced bearing the latest Corning creation that protects against even higher and more frequent drops than Gorilla Glass 5 that wraps the Note 9. 

We were a bit disappointed, but nothing beats a good old machine-dropped test of the Note's durability, and you can see how it fares against the iPhone X that also carries a reinforced glass body. We won't spoil the fun, but we'll just say that both phones held up pretty well for $999 glass-y handsets... until they didn't.

Related phones

Galaxy Note 9
  • Display 6.4" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2800 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 4000 mAh(29h 3G talk time)
iPhone X
  • Display 5.8" 1125 x 2436 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 7 MP front
  • Processor Apple A11 Bionic, Hexa-core, 2390 MHz
  • Storage 256 GB
  • Battery 2716 mAh(21h 3G talk time)



1. NateDiaz

Posts: 1089; Member since: Mar 03, 2018

Corning has literally done nothing since Gorilla Glass 3, except increasing number by 1 every year. I really don't understand how their lab tests show incredible strength.

2. FoneAddict

Posts: 263; Member since: Jul 05, 2011

Corning have stalled since Gorilla glass 3, no innovation just marketing gimmicks.

3. bucknassty

Posts: 1353; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

break your wallet!

4. Babert

Posts: 165; Member since: May 08, 2013

Sapphire is the answer!

11. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

GT Advanced would love to hear more about that.. /s

5. Jrod99

Posts: 760; Member since: Jan 15, 2016

A good case is a must.

6. umaru-chan

Posts: 371; Member since: Apr 27, 2017

Note is utterly pathetic for breaking that much glass in the first place.

14. toosmoove

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 28, 2017

Good thing it's known for its productivity & not for its durability WITHOUT a case.

7. Rigmaster

Posts: 234; Member since: Jan 22, 2018

No competition = no need for Gorilla glass to be better year over year.

9. Vadermando

Posts: 25; Member since: Dec 19, 2011

Exactly my thought. They are basically the only company providing 'durable' glass to manufacturers of high end phones. Marketing and brand recognition are the only things that have changed since Gorilla Glass 1, I really think the product is more or less the same. Sites like PhoneArena drooled over glass wrapped phones so now we have glass everywhere

13. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Their only competitor (that I know) is Dragontrail (by Asahi Glass), usually Sony's flagships use it, but their name never heard nowadays.. While Xiaomi, Huawei, and other Chinese brands use non-branded Chinese tampered glass, which just as scratch resistant as GG.

8. darkkjedii

Posts: 31310; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I own both.

10. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 969; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

Cool story

12. darkkjedii

Posts: 31310; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I know huh

15. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Hey, let's purpose break 2 perfectly working phones, to prove I have too much money to spend on them. If you drop your phone and it doesnt break, you're simply just licky. This isnt a test, it's just an idiot dropping phones for clicks. Glass breaks. No glass in unbreakable.

16. midan

Posts: 3010; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

I see you didn't like the results Note losing.

18. nodes

Posts: 1160; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

nothing is unbreakable, there is just one is more durable than other.

17. corvette72778

Posts: 166; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

I hate gorilla glass with a passion. Ever since GG5 it breaks as easily as an iPhone. Crappy product!

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