It turned out that Gorilla Glass 5 is indeed making its debut on the Galaxy Note 7's front and back, leveraging Samsung's outsized investment in Corning once again. Corning are actually promising shoulder-height drop survival rates of up to 80% with Gorilla Glass 5 (before it was waist-height), but before we see the Note 7 fall face down on concrete and remain relatively unscathed, that is hard to believe.
Well, that day has come, and the new toughened glass series from Corning is indeed all that it's cracked up to be (pun intended). As you can see in the first Note 7 drop test below, the phone easily survives drops that would have shattered the Note 5, so you can be relatively certain that your $800+ glass phone won't be laid to waste by everyday drops and scratches. We are including one of the first Note 5 break tests, where last year's phablet falls from roughly the same height, just for comparison giggles.