Very soon you may no longer worry every time your smartphone drops while taking a selfies. This is according to Corning, specialist glass maker.
The firm has launched the new Gorilla Glass generation. More than 70% of smartphone screens, Samsung and Apple included, do use this material.
Survive a 1.6-metre drop
Corning said that the new Gorilla Glass 5 could survive 80 percent of the drops from as high as 1.6 metres.
A bigger percentage of all smartphone repairs are due to broken screens.
The new glass was tested on rough surfaces – a demo for journalists showed dummy phones being dropped from a height of 1.6 meters onto a sheet of sandpaper.
In most cases, smartphones do drop from the shoulder and waist height. Some of the smartphones tested were able to take in over 20 hard drops.
Apart from protecting the smartphone from drops, Corning said that the glass was better in preventing scratches compared to what we have.
It is expected that device manufacturers will start releasing smartphones with the new glass in the coming few months.
As of now, over 4.5 billion devices use the Gorilla Glass. The glass uses the fusion forming technique in its manufacture. In this method, sand is place and other inorganic material is placed in a melting pot.
It is then transferred to an isopipe, essentially a small trough, which is intentionally overfilled. The melted material spills out over both sides and combines underneath to form the sheet of glass.
This technique means there is no human contact needed in creating the glass, eliminating defects and removing the need to treat the glass afterwards.