Note 9 might not be the first phone with tougher Gorilla Glass 6

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. 

The infamous Note 7 was the first to use Gorilla Glass 5, Note 4 went with Gorilla Glass 4, and so on, so when Corning invited us to their R&D factory process the other day, we assumed that the newly-minted Gorilla Glass 6 will debut with the Note 9 next week. 

Corning, however, sent us a memo that the first phone with Gorilla Glass 6 will be Oppo's next flagship, likely the R17, which is going for a "release in the coming weeks," as per Andy Wu, vice president of OPPO, who also chimed in that:

That's all fine and dandy, but the "coming weeks" is not what we have in store as a Note 9 announcement which is scheduled for next week, August 9th, so it might not be the first phone with Gorilla Glass 6 this time around. Unless Oppo just wants to beat it to the punch and have Corning announce its flagship as the "world's first," while it's still to announce and release the phone. 

The Note 9 is expected to go on sale August 24th, and if it does have Gorilla Glass 6 protection, while the R17 is still twiddling its digital thumbs and not on the shelves by that time, Oppo will have to give the title back to the imaginary "first" authorities.

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