Gorilla Glass 5 to debut on the Galaxy Note 7, the Apple iPhone 7 may follow

Ever since Corning announced its next generation of toughened cover for the screens of flagship phones and tablets - Gorilla Glass 5 - yesterday, we've had one thought in our mind. In the press release Corning stated that the "Gorilla Glass 5 is commercially available and is expected to be on product models from leading global brands later this year." Now, what are the most leading brands, and what does later in the year mean, does mid-August and September qualify?

This is when the Galaxy Note 7 and the iPhone 7 are expected to hit the shelves, and the addition of the new, even tougher Corning glass at the front would be a godsend for many, given how expensive it would be to replace a curved 5.7" AMOLED display, like the one rumored to be on the Note 7. Quickly enough, a Korean publication claims that those two flagships are indeed likely to be outfitted with Gorilla Glass 5.

The somewhat clunky Google translation reads "Gorilla Glass 5 shows a debut on the market with the Galaxy Note to be released on August 7." That August 7 date is likely the launch date for Samsung's newest phablet in Korea, after the August 2 announcement, which jibes in with the reports that Samsung will have the Note 7 on pre-order almost immediately after the unveiling.

When Corning announced Gorilla Glass 4, and said it is designed to withstand face-down phone drops from about three feet on concrete or other hard surfaces, immediately afterwards it posted that the Samsung Galaxy Alpha will be the first phone to feature it. This year we don't have any such announcement yet, but let's not forget that Samsung has been investing in Corning for a while now, so it might not be by accident that Gorilla Glass 5 is announced two weeks before the Note 7 unveiling. 

Fingers crossed, as this time Corning says it provides protection from direct drops from 1.6m, or more than five feet, on concrete. The S7 edge screen replacement is nearly $300, so we can only imagine how much the Note 7 panel would cost to swap - anything to help face-down drops would be highly appreciated.


source: ETNews (translated)

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18 Comments

1. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

"the Apple iPhone 7 may follow" did apple ever say they use GG for iPhone screen? all they ever mention is just "scratch-resistant glass" or take a look at this listhttp://www.corning.com/gorillaglass/worldwide/en/full-products-list.html

4. Papa_Ji

Posts: 838; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

Did apple ever say they use AMOLED display on the iToy....But soon they will Same is with GG. EVERYONE FOLLOW THE KING

10. phonearenarocks

Posts: 606; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

Great to see that Apple Haters are growing on this website, Welcome aboard buddy!

11. Papa_Ji

Posts: 838; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

Why iSheep hate to hear the truth???

18. insanity99

Posts: 104; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Because truth hurts.

6. mrochester

Posts: 978; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

I believe Apple have always used gorilla glass. It's just Apple don't shout it from the rooftops like other companies do.

8. Macready

Posts: 1817; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

Your belief is misguided, since Apple has been using "ion-x" glass for some time now, as is also visible on the Corning website where all handsets using Gorilla Glass are listed in a database, excluding all recent iPhones. Some of the other Apple devices do use Gorilla Glass though.

13. YOURDADkid unregistered

Did you clicked on the link iBend shared? First you click the link and then reply idiot.

12. YOURDADkid unregistered

Good job brother! Thank you for sharing the link. is**t (apple s**t) is no where in the list. Let's wait for iSheeps to answer. Lol. They deserve it and now they will be understand that Apple just made them Fool by selling something which is over priced always. Ha ha ha

17. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Apple has always used gorilla glass. That's why gorilla glass was so upset a few years ago because of the rumor they may have been switching to Sapphire. They didn't want to loose a major client. Apple just doesn't announce them by name.

2. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Really disappointed the speed at which Corning is progressing. Before it survived a 3 feet drop now its 1.6 metres. Give me a break ! That's hardly an improvement to be achieved in a period of one year I expected. They really need to have a competitor who can push them hard for a major upgrade then these incremental ones.

5. Subie

Posts: 2353; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Dragon trail glass by Asahi would be one competitor.

9. Macready

Posts: 1817; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

You call 60% improvement in just a mere 12 months "hardly" or "incremental"? Get a clue. And the real improvement is likely more in practice, since they now test on a rough instead of polished surface too.

3. Barney_stinson

Posts: 672; Member since: May 30, 2016

Give us shatterproof man!!

7. asirfaysal

Posts: 98; Member since: Jul 19, 2016

and the 6gb ram will complete the note7 with the mighty gg5. *_*

14. catze86

Posts: 731; Member since: Dec 07, 2015

where's Samsung's Tortoise/Genbu glass.

15. Nopers unregistered

Yeah but how scratch resistant is it? I never drop my phones but I definitely notice the micro scratches from dust and whatever.

16. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

I use a tempered glass screen protector so personally i dont really care abput scratch but harder to break thats i want.

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