Corning Gorilla Glass, an integral component of premium smartphones, has moved a step ahead for delivering the highest durability. Corning Inc. (NYSE: GLW) yesterday unveiled a new cover glass, Gorilla Glass 6 in a press event at the company's Sunnyvale, California office. The newly composed Gorilla Glass is made to match modern design demands and performance expectations from a new mobile device.

According to a survey, people drop their phones at least seven times in a year, the company tweeted. It added that 70 percent times the phones drop on hard surfaces. The facts feel dreadful even in imagination!

Always Tough Gorilla Glass 6

Corning differentiates Gorilla Glass 6 from its predecessor in terms of its strength and long-term survivability. While Gorilla Glass 5 could survive seven multiple phone drops, Gorilla Glass 6 mounted on a mobile device can endure 15 drops from a height of 1 meter on to rough surfaces. What a relief for butterfingers!

The company claimed that 70 percent of new Corning Gorilla Glass samples even survived twenty consecutive drops on rough surfaces.

On the other side, when other glass formulations such as soda lime and aluminosilicate were put on the same test, they could not survive even the first drop.

Corning Gorilla Glass 6

Gorilla Glass 6 mounted on a mobile device can endure 15 drops from a height of 1 meter on to rough surfaces.

Further, Gorilla Glass 6 was tested on 120 grit sandpaper to validate its advanced abrasion absorption capacity. This trial was supplemented by a 45-minute tumble in a cylindrical vessel filled with keys, coins, and other odd materials that one could expect in pockets and handbags.

“As consumers become more dependent on their smartphones, the opportunity for potentially damaging drops is also on the rise. Now more than ever, it’s critical the cover glass provides outstanding protection,” mentioned John Bayne, Vice President and General Manager, Corning Gorilla Glass.

Advantages of Glass Backs

Modern phone devices’ architecture is getting leaner with their display size increasing and performance expectations soaring.  Addressing all these needs, glass backs are a trending design element of 2018 smartphones.

Glass backs enable phone makers to manufacture devices featuring extended screen size with smaller bezels, and customize each unit through printed back. Other than enhancing aesthetic appeal, glass backs qualify as better alternatives for wireless charging technology.

Moreover, the tough Corning Gorilla Glass 6 is scratch-resistant, touch-sensitive and offers superior optical clarity.

“With both its aesthetic and performance advantages, glass is on the right side of the technology curve and will continue to be the material of choice for mobile consumer electronics,” stated Scott Forester, Division Vice President, Marketing and Innovation Products, Corning Gorilla Glass.

Gorilla Glass 6

The company demonstrated new designs such as snakeskin, leather, wood, and many more adding realistic textures on the Gorilla Glass.

Vibrant Gorilla Glass

The other innovative glass technology that Corning launched during the event was Vibrant Gorilla Glass. The company demonstrated new designs such as snakeskin, leather, wood, and many more adding realistic textures on the Gorilla Glass.

Introduced in 2016, this technology comprises a glass which can be colored or textured using Corning’s proprietary inkjet printing method.

"The picture's on the back, the texture's on the front, you combine the two and you've suddenly changed the way the industrial designers think about, ‘what’s my phone gonna look like?'" commented Forester.

Corning Gorilla Glass 6 is presently is in beta testing phase and will land in the market by end of the year. In addition, the company also announced Gorilla Glass DX and DX+ for wearables engineered for improved anti-reflective properties, advanced optical clarity, and higher scratch resistance.