Corning this week introduced its next-generation Gorilla Glass 6 cover glass for smartphones that promises to double durability when compared to its predecessor. The manufacturer says that the first devices that will use the protective glass will hit the market already in the coming months.

According to Corning, its Gorilla Glass 6 is an entirely new material “chemically strengthened to higher levels of compression” and designed to sustain multiple drops throughout a lifetime of a device. The substrate is designed for phones that use glass for more than 85% of their enclosure surface, so the Gorilla Glass 6 is claimed to be a better fit for handsets with displays featuring an 18:9 or 19:9 display aspect ratio than the company’s previous-gen Gorilla Glass 5.

According to a research by Toluna, which is cited by Corning, people drop their phones seven times a year and over 50% of these drops occur at one meter or below. The manufacturer claims that Gorilla Glass 6 survived 15 drops from 1 meter onto rough surfaces, which was two times better than results demonstrated by Gorilla Glass 5.

Corning says that its Gorilla Glass 6 has been evaluated by multiple customers and the latter are expected to use it in commercial products in the coming month. Although Corning does not disclose names of its clients, but logical candidates to use Gorilla Glass 6 are companies who launch their leading-edge products in the second half of the year.

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  • jospoortvliet - Sunday, July 22, 2018 - link

    I'm conflicted about it. I would want a solid feel like metal gives, but I also want wireless charging. Glass might just be a decent middle ground... then again it is true you end up using a cover making it all but ugly again. Reply
  • flyingpants1 - Saturday, July 21, 2018 - link

    They've had "unbreakable" flexible screen tech for a while now. It's just not released. Reply
  • Lolimaster - Friday, July 20, 2018 - link

    At this point is snake oil, GG was good till version 3 then it was a mix of "we lower the quality then up the quality for a new Gorilla Glass "***" Reply
  • Yojimbo - Saturday, July 21, 2018 - link

    I think they have focused more on durability than scratch resistance.. probably because that's what the cell phone manufacturers want and that's probably because people tend to destroy their screens a lot through cracking. With the phones becoming bigger and bigger and thinner and thinner the glass has to become more and more durable. If people move back to 3.5 inch phones that are 1/3 inch thick then I'm sure they'll come out with some very scratch resistance glass for it.

    I myself have not had any scratching or breaking problems. I dunno what people do with their phones. I did have some minor scratching with my old iphone 4... Which suggests how much better the glass is today than back then. It's thinner, more scratch resistance, and much more durable.
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  • flyingpants1 - Saturday, July 21, 2018 - link

    You're a moron. Phones break because they're made of glass, end of story. Reply
  • Yojimbo - Sunday, July 22, 2018 - link

    If you have children may I kindly request you give them up for adoption? Reply
  • jabber - Saturday, July 21, 2018 - link

    I rarely pay much heed to mobile phone reviewers as they end up in a different world to us normal consumers when they have another new phone to play with week on week. What we find important doesn't even cross their mind. They just rave about what made this weeks phone different from last weeks. Reply
  • zodiacfml - Sunday, July 22, 2018 - link

    If only Samsung's Active line of smartphones wasn't so ugly.
    These glass backs are the dumbest thing for consumers. Pay more for less and inconvenience.
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  • mkozakewich - Sunday, July 22, 2018 - link

    People should stop dropping their phones so much! It's not hard to just drop your phone once every three years instead of seven times a year. Reply
  • jabber - Monday, July 23, 2018 - link

    I have to say I think in nearly 23 years of mobile phone ownership I've dropped a phone twice. Reply

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