Nearly every smartphone manufacturer uses Corning’s Gorilla Glass for its screens, and the latest version of the product could make those devices even more invincible when they are dropped. The new Gorilla Glass 4 was specifically designed to withstand drops, and is twice as strong as the hardened aluminosilicate glasses currently used on the market.
Samsung, Motorola, LG, HTC and Microsoft all trust Corning’s glass to protect their smartphones and tablets. That is because Corning has proven itself to be on the forefront of glass design, crafting strong screens able to withstand heavy damage. The last version, Gorilla Glass 3, was developed to withstand day-to-day events such as having a set of keys in a pocket with the phone.
Even though Gorilla Glass 3 is extremely strong, it is subject to breaking when dropped. Researchers dropped the new Gorilla Glass 4 from one meter above a sandpaper-covered surface and found it survived up to 80% of the time.
Gorilla Glass 4 may be the affordable alternative smartphone makers desire for their product. Sapphire screens created a big splash a few months ago, but they proved to be difficult to produce in large quantities.
“With Gorilla Glass 4, we have focused on significantly improving protection against sharp contact damage, which is the primary reason that mobile devices break,” James R. Steiner, senior vice president and general manager of Corning Specialty Materials, said in a statement.