corning gorilla glass 5Corning is a company known for their glassware, although in recent years the company has moved towards providing glass products for electronic products like smartphones where its Gorilla Glass series has been used in devices like the iPhone. Now it looks like future smartphones will be even tougher than before as Corning has announced the Gorilla Glass 5.

According to Corning, the Gorilla Glass 5 is four times tougher than its predecessor and that in their tests, the Gorilla Glass 5 displays remained intact in 80% of the drops that they tested from a height as high up as 5.9 feet. They also found out that the glass, when dropped on rough surfaces, still managed to hold its own which is good news since we don’t always drop our phones on smooth or padded surfaces.

John Bayne, vice president and general manager, Corning Gorilla Glass says, “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. With many real-world drops occurring from between waist and shoulder height, we knew improving drop performance would be an important and necessary advancement.”

No word on which products the Gorilla Glass 5 will make an appearance in, but the company did state that the glass should show up in “leading global brands” later this year, and Apple is speculated to be one of them.

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