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Corning Debuts Gorilla Glass 5 With Improved Drop Protection

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Corning today unveiled its next-generation Gorilla Glass product, Gorilla Glass 5. The new glass, designed to be used in mobile device displays, offers improved protection against breakage from accidental drops.


Building on previous generations of Gorilla Glass, Corning's latest product survives 80 percent of the time when dropped face-down from 1.6 meters (5.2 feet) onto a rough surface during lab tests. According to Corning, Gorilla Glass 5 survives drops four times better than competing glass products.

"With each successive generation of Corning Gorilla Glass, we have taken cover glass technology to new levels. Gorilla Glass 5 is no exception, extending Corning's advantage in drop performance over competitive glasses," said John Bayne, vice president and general manager, Corning Gorilla Glass. "With many real-world drops occurring from between waist and shoulder height, we knew improving drop performance would be an important and necessary advancement."
Corning's Gorilla Glass 5 will begin making its way into products starting later in 2016, and it is a prime candidate for inclusion in either the 2016 iPhone 7 and/or the 2017 iPhone 8. Corning has been a long-time supplier for Apple, with Apple using its Gorilla Glass for its iPad and iPhone lineup. Corning's last Gorilla Glass product, Gorilla Glass 4, came out in 2014.

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Sheza

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I bet it still scratches when you put your phone in your pocket with literally nothing else in it.

I still can't believe that YouTubers will take knives and screwdrivers to phone screens and it doesn't leave a scratch, yet I take care and only out my phone in my pocket on its own and it's riddled with them.
 
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kdarling

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apple watch should administer a sedative if it detects a phone dropping more than 1 feet

I seem to recall that Apple had filed for face-crash avoidance patents on ideas like a pop-out cushion (duh), or an internal solenoid powered weight that "kicks" to make a phone flip over to its back on the way down (like making toast always land butter side up).

Of course, the problem with such ideas, is that everyone would be constantly trying that safety feature out just for fun :D

"Hey Billy Bob, check this out! I'm gonna drop my phone and it's gonna flip over on the way down! Wait. Oops! Hey, it didn't work this time around! @#$%&!! Look at my poor screen!!"
 
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GoodWheaties

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I bet it still scratches when you put your phone in your pocket with literally nothing else in it.

I still can't believe that YouTubers will take knives and screwdrivers to phone screens and it doesn't leave a scratch, yet I take care and only out my phone in my pocket on its own and it's riddled with them.
From what I've seen its usually the anti-reflective/fingerprint coating that scratches not the actual glass.
 
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Oblivious.Robot

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As great as this is, I couldn't help but laugh when that lady dropped her phone while trying to take a selfie, the expressions are just true and purely r/instantregret material lol. :D

Also, just how short is she if 5.2 feet is above her own head?!
Edit - Point was that they really had to select a short actor for their ad to fit in :p
 
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UltimaKilo

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This is really big news. I hope this makes it's way onto the iPhone 7; it will ass another reason for people to upgrade.
 
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curious to read that many still have scratching issues.. i have an ip5, always used without a cover, and i cannot say anything against the glass. the previous 3gs in comparison was a disaster.

maybe some micro-scratches, yes, but deep 'cuts', nope. maybe i'm just unadvertedly cautious with my gear.
 
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ArtOfWarfare

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If I end up breaking the screen on my iPhone 6+, would it be possible* to have a gorilla glass 5 replacement for it, or would I have to get it replaced with GG 4?

*As in, the parts will already exist. Not can I get something special/one-off that costs more than the phone does.
 
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