Your smartphones are about to get more durable. Corning’s Gorilla Glass is widely used in the industry for the cover glass on consumer mobile devices. The company today announced Gorilla Glass 6 which it says is the most durable cover glass to date. It improves upon the Gorilla Glass 5 by not only surviving drops from higher heights but also surviving mutiple drops.

A recent study has revealed that people drop their phones seven times a year on average and that more than 50 percent of the drops occur at 1 meter or below. Corning has developed and engineered an entirely new material to address the problem of multiple drops. It says that in lab tests, the Gorilla Glass 6 survived 15 drops from a height of 1 meter onto rough surfaces. This is up to two times better than Gorilla Glass 5.

“Gorilla Glass 6 is an entirely new glass composition that can be chemically strengthened to give it significantly higher levels of compression than is possible with Gorilla Glass 5,” said Dr. Jaymin Amin, vice president of technology and product development, Corning.

Given the tradeoff between drop resistance and scratch resistance, Corning acknowledges that the Gorilla Glass 6 has the same amount of scratch resistance as previous generations. So perhaps don’t take a pair of metal picks to your next smartphone even if it can withstand multiple drops without breaking a sweat.

Filed in Cellphones.. Source: globenewswire