Gorilla Glass 6 can help your phone's display survive up to 15 drops from as high as 3 feet



So you say you have, oops, butterfingers. You've dropped your phone more times than you can remember, and the salesman at your wireless provider's local store invites you to Thanksgiving every year. But there is some good news today. Thanks to Corning's improved Gorilla Glass 6, you might actually be hosting Thanksgiving this year. According to Corning, phones with the new cover glass survived 15 drops of 1 meter (3.28 feet) onto rough surfaces. Corning says that the protection afforded by Gorilla Glass 6 is twice as much as the protection offered by its predecessor.

The statistics that Corning passed along are pretty interesting; citing a consumer study from media company Toluna, the average smartphone owner drops his or her phone seven times a year, and half of those times the drop measured 1 meter or less. That means that Gorilla Glass 6 can be a difference maker. Corning also tried the same test on competitive mixtures made from soda lime and aluminosilicate, but those mixtures failed to offer protection after just one drop.

Gorilla Glass 6 is being tested by several manufacturers as we type this, and Corning says that it will launch the cover glass in a few months.


Corning has also designed Gorilla Glass 6 for the more modern phone designs that use glass for 85% of a handset's "enclosure." That includes both the front and back of the device.

source: Corning

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31 Comments

1. Aircrackng

Posts: 56; Member since: Jan 09, 2015

3 Feet!!! Thats one for the books is that some kind of record? That's unheard of!! I just can't imagine a situation where you would ever drop it higher than that!! Maybe if you were going sky diving but that's not an activity you do every day.

28. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

I'm more concerned about that "15 drops". Did they have solid proof about that, can they guarantee that number? I my imagination, they did drop test on 1000 sample, and one of them (somehow) survive 15 drops and break on the 16th, then they decide to promote it like: "Gorilla Glass 6 can help your phone's display survive up to 15 drops from as high as 3 feet"

31. Vokilam

Posts: 1273; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

IKR. I like your posts.

2. westfind

Posts: 6; Member since: Dec 06, 2017

The Glass 5 on my Galaxy Note 8 is a joke. Lot of scratches at the edge panel after one month of in and out from my pocket.

6. Phullofphil

Posts: 1822; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

I have had the worst luck with Samsung phones. I have cracked every one I have owned. 2 of them cracked in my pocket.

11. toosmoove

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 28, 2017

You just don't know how to handle phones.

20. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Your pockets have build in clamps or something?

10. toosmoove

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 28, 2017

I call straight up bull$#¡+ unless you also keep rocks in your pockets. I also have the Note 8 & keep it in my pocket. Not a single scratch. Next time don't buy fake phones.

32. Vokilam

Posts: 1273; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

My Samsung phones all had their edges scratched. My iPhone X already has a scratch too. Sometimes I forget - and put my phone in same pocket with the keys. But Samsung phones have this stupid edges and after a while they show wear if you place your phone on screen all the time.

15. ph00ny

Posts: 2052; Member since: May 26, 2011

I've cracked one screen protector and second one just popped out from bad adhesive. I haven't put a screen protector on it ever since and 0 scratches and has survived 2 drops once on hardwood

3. mbp432

Posts: 50; Member since: Nov 13, 2014

I will never trust gorilla glass!!!

4. Clars123

Posts: 1078; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

Gorilla glass is shady. I've seen Gorilla glass 3 and 4 phones in better shape than most recent smartphones. I get that manufacturers might be changing the glass thickness and whatnot but that shouldnt mean it should be as scratch prone as it is now

5. midan

Posts: 2984; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

It's all marketing crap, they have said this kind of same thing every year, yet one bad drop could be fatal and it also can survive from many drops. I've dropped my phones like 5 times since i got my first Big Screen smartphone and i have never cracked the screen. I know many who have dropped once and that's it.

7. Bozzor

Posts: 248; Member since: May 02, 2012

This is just plain materials science: the higher the shock / cracking resistance resistance, the lower the scratch resistance; the better the scratch resistance, the tradeoff is lower break resistance. Best solution is to go for the highest possible break resistance on the glass panel built into the phone, then cover it with a scratch resistant glass.

24. Zack_2014

Posts: 677; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

What's the point? Then the one on top with the scratch resistant one is going to be the first layer to break off at the first drop.

8. ijuanp03

Posts: 612; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

GG 5 may less likey crack than GG 3 but I prefer 3 because it cannot get scratched easily. Horrible micro scratches on gorilla glass 5!

9. JMartin22

Posts: 2372; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

Don’t buy the marketing effectiveness of these claims. And this particular company has been doing this for years. It’s glass. You’re playing a game of luck each time it hits a jagged or concrete surface. It could break at any given incident.

14. TheOracle1

Posts: 2331; Member since: May 04, 2015

^This. Drop it on a hard surface and (depending on the weight of the phone and material, angle etc) the shock alone can crack the screen depending on how it falls. Drop it face down on granite type gravel........ Heck, too many scenarios. It's glass and will break. You're better off with a quality case that has a lip of some sort to mitigate against a drop on a hard smooth surface. Any jagged surface will break your screen. Same goes for screen protectors, I stopped using those 4 years ago and had zero screen scratches.

12. palmguy

Posts: 982; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

At the end of the day, it's glass.

13. jonathanfiuwx

Posts: 182; Member since: Mar 10, 2017

haha, yeah because GG did great with the essential phone when it comes to drops and scratches

16. p51d007

Posts: 705; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

Load of mule cookies. Yeah, if it drops FLAT on the glass. But, unless you have some sort of rubber bumper around the glass, if it hits on the EDGE or corner, it WILL shatter. The glass is somewhat scratch resistant, but not SHATTER resistant. You can't defeat the laws of physics. Put that much energy along an edge, the energy goes outward at once, which shatters the glass.

19. LiveFaith

Posts: 484; Member since: Jul 04, 2015

Bingo! We have a winner.

18. LiveFaith

Posts: 484; Member since: Jul 04, 2015

Gorilla Glass 6 ... wooohoooo. Yet another joke of a product is CERTAIN to arrive! Every update it's the same song and dance ... "better durable amazingly tough GLASS". And after GG1, GG2, GG3, GG4, & GG5 the crap still shatters, splits, cracks, and scratches when you drop your phone on a hard surface or it falls of a table. I would not be surprised to find out GG6 is identical to GG2, and it's been nothing but pure marketing spinning the same B$ for 4 generations of "amazing". It's still crap. And users STILL have to get screen protectors, cases, or pay big dues to replace screens. ABANDON THIS CRAP manufacturers. Pleeeease!!! Is it too difficult in the year 2018, almost 2 decades after the first smartphones, to GET RID of glass? It's a mobile device handled dozens of times every day ... get rid of friggin' glass!

22. epic_ninja420

Posts: 131; Member since: Nov 18, 2014

Get rid of glass and get what exactly? I am not sure what other material you expect them to use that will hold up and allow multitouch.

26. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1079; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

which smartphone were you using in 1998? I could've sworn smartphones have only been a thing just over 10 years now

21. lallolu

Posts: 732; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

Corning had similar claims with every new version they release. If it survive drops, it scratches easily and if it does not scratch easily, it does not survive drops. Catch 22 over and over again.

23. DolmioMan

Posts: 334; Member since: Jan 08, 2018

Don’t care about drop resistance, I want scratch resistance.

25. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1079; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

No matter how strong their glass is. when it's only 3mm thick, it's prone to breaking.

29. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

3mm thick? that's almost half of smartphone thickness.. Make it 0.3mm.. The whole screen panel (AMOLED+Gorilla glass+touchscreen) is only around 1mm thick.

30. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1079; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

you get my point though, no matter how durable glass is, an extremely thin panel is prone to breaking

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