If you are like me and have a tendency to drop your smartphone on travels as you are capturing that important picture, you should know about this new glass on many smartphones to reduce the chance of breaking your screen called Corning® Gorilla® Glass 4.
My device is still suffering its latest “fall”, which happened when I was traveling in Turkey. It was tragic. I was standing on the concrete steps of the Great Theatre in Ephesus. In awe of the beauty, I pulled out my device to take a picture. All of a sudden the phone fell on the concrete and shattered in the upper right part of the screen. I still haven’t bought a new phone yet but I am doing my research on new phones.
Apparently, phones with Gorilla Glass may help travelers like us that are rough on our smartphones. It has been used on more than 3 billion devices from 40 major brands. Is it on yours?
Here are some more technical details about this new glass:
Consumers’ No. 1 issue
The team at Corning Incorporated developed Gorilla Glass 4 to address smartphone breakage, which is the number one consumer complaint according to Corning’s research. Released in November 2014, the new cover glass is just as thin and light as previous versions but it “delivers dramatically improved damage resistance allowing better in-field performance” says Corning. Read: Gorilla Glass 4 is better able to withstand damage from drops.
Here’s a FOX News clip of Corning discussing this latest version of the glass at the Consumer Electronics Show in January. It’s pretty amazing to see how this stuff improves protection against drops, watching them try to unsuccessfully smash a smartphone on concrete!
In lab tests, Gorilla Glass 4 survives up to 80% of the time when dropped from three feet high.
Corning says that Gorilla Glass 4 performs up to two times better than competitive glass designs in devices dropped from three feet high. In laboratory tests, Gorilla Glass 4 survives up to 80% of the time in these tests. Basically, the focus of the new glass is on improving damage resistance against sharp contact, such as a drop on asphalt, concrete, and other rough surfaces.
Research and tests
The new glass has been heavily researched and put through numerous tests. Once the biggest issue of screen breakage was determined, the scientists at Corning worked to understand why breaks happen. They examined hundreds of broken devices.
To figure out how to combat the issue, they developed real-world tests – like dropping your phone on rough surfaces like asphalt and concrete. Then these scientists went to work on creating the next iteration of the company’s cover glass, Gorilla Glass 4.
Where you can find it
Chances are you’ve swiped your finger over Gorilla Glass before because it’s in a lot of smartphones, laptop and tablet computer screens, mobile devices and even touchscreen devices like ATM screens.
It can be found in more than 40 manufacturer’s products and a total of 1,395 product models. Since its initial launch in 2007, Gorilla Glass is in more than 3 billion devices. If you want to check if your current phone has Gorilla Glass or if your new phone will have Gorilla Glass, click here.
For more information on Gorilla Glass, visit http://www.corninggorillaglass.com/
Corning® Gorilla® Glass has been used on more than 3 billion devices from 40 major brands. Is it on yours? Click here to find out.
Corning Incorporated sponsored this blog post. The opinions and text are all mine.
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