In a world where glass smartphones have become the norm, a cracked or scratched screen or back panel seems to be inevitable over the lifetime of the device. Corning’s Gorilla Glass products have evolved over the years to offer greater protection, but they’ve typically focused on improvements to scratch or crack resistance, never both.
That all changes today with the introduction of Gorilla Glass Victus, a new glass technology that promises to outperform the competition and previous generations of Corning’s Gorilla Glass products.
Gorilla Glass Victus features
- Thickness: 0.4 mm – 1.2 mm
- Improved drop performance, up to 2 m
- High resistance to scratch and sharp contact damage
- High retained strength after use
- Superior surface quality
- Lower softening point vs. Corning Gorilla Glass 5 and Corning Gorilla Glass 6
The new benefit of Gorilla Glas Victus is its drop-test survivability from 2 meters (roughly 6.5 feet) while improving the glass’ scratch threshold to 7-10 Newtons which is 4x better than competing Al-Si glass. The drop height survivability is a 25% improvement over Gorilla Glass 6 which made its debut in 2018.
So what does this mean for your next smartphone?
Corning has revealed that its Gorilla Glass Victus will be available on an upcoming Samsung smartphone (most likely the Galaxy Note 20 series), but we’ll likely see it on a handful of other high-profile Android devices in 2020.
The glass can also be used to improve protection for a smartphone’s camera sense and help keep scratches to a minimum.
Unfortunately, Gorilla Glass Victus isn’t the long-awaited bendable-glass that Corning has been working on for the past few years. Corning is still hard at work on its bendable glass technology, but it has no plans to release it in 2020.