How Your Next Smartphone Will Be More Shatterproof Than Ever

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A 165-year-old company just raised the bar for shatterproof smartphone glass — again.

Corning Inc. announced its newest generation of Gorilla Glass this week. The company expects it will be on devices later this year.

In lab tests, this Gorilla Glass 5 survived face-down drops from 1.6 meters high onto rough surfaces up to 80 percent of the time, according to Corning. That’s more than 5 feet.

The prior generation of Gorilla Glass debuted in 2014, and the first generation dates back to 2007.

John Bayne, vice president and general manager of Corning Gorilla Glass, explains:

“With many real-world drops occurring from between waist and shoulder height, we knew improving drop performance would be an important and necessary advancement. … Gorilla Glass 5 is the latest example of Corning applying its material-science expertise to solve tough consumer challenges in a way that impacts people’s everyday lives.”

Tech Crunch notes that while smartphone manufacturers tend not to draw attention to third-party parts, the use of Gorilla Glass has become an indicator of “a company’s commitment to making their devices more, well, life-proof.”

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