Gorilla Glass 5 to debut on the Galaxy Note 7, the Apple iPhone 7 may follow
Corning presents the virtues of Gorilla Glass 5
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.
Gorilla Glass 5 drop test demo
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)