Corning’s new Gorilla Glass 5 outperforms its previous generation product by 1.8 times


The glass protecting the display on your next smartphone will likely be a lot stronger than the Gorilla Glass used on your current device. Corning has unveiled Gorilla Glass 5, boasting that it has an 80% chance of surviving a drop from 1.6 meters (5 feet, 4 inches). According to a recent Corning survey, most smartphones are dropped from more than a meter in height. Unfortunately, Gorilla Glass doesn’t offer huge improvements in scratch protection over Gorilla Glass 4. This means you’ll still get occasional scratches on your device from everyday use, even if you don’t drop the phone.

While Corning claims that its Gorilla Glass products have bene used on 4.5 billion devices already, not all manufacturers use the latest version of Gorilla Glass – even though it’s been on the market for two years. Gorilla Glass 5 is already available to manufacturers and will be making its debut on new smartphones later this year. 

Until then, we recommend picking up a Motorola phone with Shatter Sheild protected display if you’re prone to dropping your phone on a regular basis.

Nick Gray
I'm a life-long tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC. After writing about tech for more than a decade, I jumped at the opportunity to take on the role of Editor in Chief at Phandroid. Please contact me at [email protected].

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