Corning Unveils Gorilla Glass 6 Capable of Surviving ’15 drops from 1 meter onto rough surfaces’

Gorilla Glass is one of the more popular choices for device makers, because it means they can tout their devices’ durability for real world consumers.

Whether or not that durability actually translates to real world scenarios can be hit-or-miss, and completely dependent on specific situations. Still, we see plenty of drop tests with new releases, and the iPhone X was certainly not exempt from such things. Corning, the company behind Gorilla Glass, often touts the strength of its glass options, and continues to do so with its latest iteration, Gorilla Glass 6.

“As consumers become more dependent on their smartphones, the opportunity for potentially damaging drops is also on the rise. Now more than ever, it’s critical the cover glass provides outstanding protection,” said John Bayne, vice president and general manager, Corning Gorilla Glass. “Corning Gorilla Glass 6 improves upon Gorilla® Glass 5 by surviving drops from higher heights, but, more importantly, has been engineered to survive multiple drops.”

The new glass was announced today in a press release, and Corning is quick to tout its engineers and their ability to create glass that can, in testing, surfive “15 drops form 1 meter onto rough surfaces”. The engineers worked to create “an entirely new material” that can withstand those drops. Corning says Gorilla Glass 6 is two times “better” than Glass 5.

“In addition to addressing drop height and drop frequency, Gorilla Glass 6 was also developed to meet the requirements of modern designs that use glass for more than 85 percent of the enclosure. With both its aesthetic and performance advantages, glass is on the right side of the technology curve and will continue to be the material of choice for mobile consumer electronics,” said Scott Forester, division vice president, Marketing and Innovation Products, Corning Gorilla Glass.”

Corning says that Gorilla Glass 6 is currently “being evaluated” from multiple customers and should reach the market in the next several months.

[via Corning]