Is Gorilla Glass 5 all that it's cracked up to be? First Note 7 drop test, hammer, knife and water torture

Is Gorilla Glass 5 all that it's cracked up to be? First Note 7 drop test, hammer, knife and water torture
Replacing the curved S7 edge display costs $270, so we can only imagine how much would that flexible 5.7" Quad HD Dual edge Super AMOLED panel of the Note 7 set you back if you drop it face-down. That's why ever since Corning announced its next generation of toughened cover for the screens of flagship phones and tablets - Gorilla Glass 5 - we've had one thought in our mind. 

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.

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Galaxy Note 7
  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2150 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3500 mAh

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16 Comments

1. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

water test is just 10minutes of shallow dip... meh and GG5 is good enough for facedown drop, GG6 will be unbreakable (on normal usage, lol..)

2. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

Doesn't seems much stronger than the GG4....

3. boriqua2000

Posts: 260; Member since: Mar 11, 2009

They can call it gorilla glass 5 or gorilla glass 500,glass will break when dropped. Why on earth would samsung copy the iPhones glass body is beyond me.

4. sebbellic01

Posts: 305; Member since: May 03, 2016

iPhones aren't the only phones with glass backs. They ditched the complete glass back in 2012 with the 5.

5. JMartin22

Posts: 2389; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

Why don't they just use shatterproof glass instead. Does it have some sort of in-hand quality feel issue or is it something to do with the sensitivity? Or maybe it would just negatively impact their third party line of accessories or extended warranty programs?

7. Andrewtst

Posts: 697; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

They is no shatterproof glass. The shatterproof in previous Sony phone is just a piece of plastic to control it. Sony remove it in later release phone because everybody complain it. Shatterproof do prevent break but it too easier to scratch because it just a piece of plastic..

11. JC557

Posts: 1925; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

It also adds to the thickness of the device and while brightness does take a bit of a hit it's actually not that noticeable in newer versions of Shattershield (moto z force is a bit dimmer than the regular moto z but it's still very bright and nowhere near as pronounced as the Turbo 2).

12. JC557

Posts: 1925; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Just to add, the plastic layer is said to be replaceable but I still put a Zagg glass shield on it anyway. Despite it having GG5 I'm sure many will do the same for the Note 7.

8. nh1402

Posts: 138; Member since: Oct 30, 2013

There is no such thing as shatterproof glass, what you see in the droid turbo 2 and Moto Z force is plastic, plastic doesn't shatter, glass does.

10. joevsyou

Posts: 1093; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

yes there is few phone like the moto that don't shatter but the screen quality is defiantly loss

13. JC557

Posts: 1925; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

That's no longer true and the only thing you can see is a tiny bit brightness is taken away if you place the Moto Z Force next to the Moto Z, the panel is still sharp and has no distortion.

6. FlySheikh

Posts: 444; Member since: Oct 02, 2015

I do hope samsung will ditch the glass back for metal in the next note iteration.

9. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

if only they find an effective way to combine metal back and wireless charging.. or if they switch to magnetic contact charging dock (like those wearable), which a step behind current wireless charging

15. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Wonder if that'll interfere with MST in Samsung Pay...

14. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Only the front is Gorilla glass 5, the back is easily protected by a slim case, not the front.

16. jsdechavez

Posts: 814; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

Did he just say "holded up"? LOL

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