Corning Officially Announces Gorilla Glass 6
Corning, a manufacturer of glass panels for smartphones and mobile devices, has recently presented its sixth generation glass. Corning Gorilla Glass 6 is chemically hardened and should be even tougher and more fall-resistant than the previous generation.
The company says that they’ve focussed on protecting against smaller falls with Gorilla Glass 6, and claims that their glass is able to withstand around fifteen falls under one meter (about 3’4″) – which is an improvement over the eleven different falls of Gorilla Glass 5. In other words, if you have the tendency to drop your phone every now and then, this new Gorilla Glass generation should be able to protect your smartphone display much.
Corning also says that they’re keeping up with the current smartphone trends and demands. For example, manufacturers want to make their devices – and the screen as well – as thin as possible. The test version of Gorilla Glass 6 was 0.8 mm thick, although it should be available in sizes between 0.4 and 0.6 mm. Furthermore, the company emphasizes the fact that glass is now used more often on the back of devices as well (with wireless charging in mind).
Unfortunately, details about improvements in scratch resistance were not announced, and it’s likely that Gorilla Glass 6 only improves shatter-resistance. The ionized layer on the surface of the new glass has been placer deeper, which should result in better protection against sharp objects.
It always takes a couple of months before smartphone manufacturers integrate the latest version of Gorilla Glass in their products. It’s likely that Gorilla Glass 6 will pop up in the upcoming iPhones scheduled to release in September, and Samsung will likely use the new glass technology in the soon-to-be-unveiled Samsung Galaxy Note 9 flagship.