Corning has announced the next iteration of its highly durable Gorilla Glass. Intended to be used in future smartphones, the cover glass is designed to be even more resistant to damage. With a new glass composition that allows for more compression that before.
Testing has shown that the Gorilla Glass 6 is capable of surviving as many as 15 falls from drops of up to one metre in height. According to Corning, this is more than enough. Citing a study that shows people usually drop their phones about seven times a year; with half of those drops occurring around that distance.
The new glass cover is also designed to work with newer technologies like thinner bezels and wireless charging. Not that there was anything with Gorilla Glass 5 that prevented any of these designs from working in the first place.
Most mobile devices now sport Gorilla Glass due to its durability and scratch resistance. It isn’t completely indestructible, but provides an adequate amount of survivability to what is essentially a thin pane of glass.
Gorilla Glass 6 is expected to begin appearing on devices within the next few months.