A few days ago, we highlighted an interesting video from YouTuber JerryRigEverything which saw the brand new Samsung Galaxy Note7 undergo various stress tests to determine its durability. It was a very painful but also pretty useful video because it showed us just how scratch-resistant the new Gorilla Glass 5 screen was.
If you want the TL;DW version, it wasn’t particularly scratch resistant. Clearly a big problem for Corning, then. Well, back then we only saw JerryRigEverything’s side of the story. Now, thanks to AndroidAuthority, we get to hear Corning’s side.
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The new Samsung Galaxy Note7 is the first smartphones in the world to sport Corning’s new standard of screen protection — Gorilla Glass 5. However, JerryRigEverything — a popular YouTuber that specialises in smartphone durability tests — discovered that this new standard of glass isn’t particularly scratch resistant.
In fact, he says that it’s just one step above plastic on the Mohs hardness scale.
Nobody wants to crack their smartphone screens and that’s probably why screen protectors are popular especially tempered glass. According to a global study, 85% of smartphone owners have dropped their devices at least once and 55% at least three times in the past year.
Now Corning has just announced a new tougher Gorilla Glass 5 which literally takes glass protection up to greater heights.
In November last year, Corning announced their Gorilla Glass 4, which is about twice as tough as it’s predecessor Gorilla Glass 3. The new material can be made 25% thinner but they have made a lot less headway in making it scratch proof.
Many smartphones, inclusive of Apple’s iPhones and Samsung’s Galaxy smartphones already features Gorilla Glass as a standard feature, and the company is making a brand new Gorilla Glass-like composite material that has the toughness of their signature glass but with a scratch resistance close to that of Sapphire. Sapphire is a great material as it it’s very scratch resistant but it’s unfortunately more prone to shattering when taking fall damage.
The project is dubbed Project Phire and was announced last week at a New York investor meeting by Corning executive James Clappin, but was dropped with very few details.
Most smart phone makers use Corning’s Gorilla Glass to increase the durability of its front display. The current Gorilla Glass 3 that’s found on most flagship devices have been doing pretty well against scratches. However it is still lacking when it comes to the dreadful drops on the pavement.
With smart phones getting bigger in size, consumers are demanding better glass durability and the latest Gorilla Glass 4 aims to achieve just that.
The latest member of the Gorilla Glass family has just been demoed at CES 2013. Corning Inc. boasts that Gorilla Glass 3 is 40% more scratch resistant than the previous version of its glass product, and that now, even fewer scratches that do occur will be visible to the naked eye.
Corning began its research into chemically strengthened glass in the 1960s, and the world first saw its Gorilla Glass product line used on the iPhone in 2007. Last year, Gorilla Glass 2 was launched, being 20% thinner than the original Gorilla Glass, but with the same strength and scratch resistance. It’s amazing to see how far the technology has progressed from its humble beginnings.
Check out this video demonstrating just how strong the the new version of Gorilla Glass is. The video shows a promoter using a 130 gram steel ball to dent aluminium, and break a competitor’s glass product but the Gorilla Glass 3 remained intact withstanding a direct load of 100lbs with ease.
See for yourself after the jump.
Update: For some reason, the video has been removed by the uploader. We’ve found another video that tests the Gorilla Glass screen on the HTC One X but this time it looks for believable. Check out the video right after the jump.
The HTC One X is made out of very tough one-piece polycarbonate and the display uses the latest version of Corning’s ultra-strong curved Gorilla Glass. That is not to say the device is bulletproof but in this video, the strengthened glass appeared to be impenetrable.
We’re a bit skeptic about this because we’ve seen Gorilla Glass fracture to pieces as a result of stress that’s much less abusive that multiple direct hits from a nail. If you’re a HTC One X owner, we don’t recommend you do this to your device to impress your friends.
Wonder if we can get a unit from HTC to test this for ourselves. You know how to get in touch with HTC.
It was earlier revealed that the Galaxy Nexus will not come with Corning’s Gorilla Glass protection. This was a shocker as most smart phones today will come with this strengthen glass which protects from daily abuses.
So what happens if a Galaxy Nexus meets with your bunch of keys in the pocket? Someone has put the Galaxy Nexus to the test, so watch the video above to see the results.
As mentioned before, it is unlikely for Samsung to omit strengthen glass and they might be using alternative glass like Dragontail. While it can’t be confirmed if it is indeed Dragontail, at least we now know there’s some form of toughen glass being used in the Galaxy Nexus.
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If you’re wondering whether — or if you assumed that — the Galaxy Nexus comes standard with Corning’s Gorilla Glass then this should come as a shocker. The Galaxy Nexus — just like the Nexus S before it — does not come with Gorilla Glass.
Is this a big deal? Well to those who have the tendency to mix phone and keys in the same pocket, yes, this is a very big deal.
But this is not to say that Samsung omitted strengthened glass on the Galaxy Nexus altogether. There’s Dragontrail, which is an alternative to Gorilla Glass, so it is possible that Samsung just opted for a different supplier this time around.
Of course, this is pure speculation at the moment, but surely Samsung won’t just give consumer plain old unprotected glass in one of its high-end phone right?
For those of you that’s been been wondering if the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 features a Gorilla Glass strengthened display, here’s an official answer.
Corning has announced that their Gorilla Glass strengthened glass is featured on the Galaxy Tab 10.1
Here’s the official word:
GALAXY Tab 10.1 is recognized for its high-end technology and amazing design, even among industry experts. For the GALAXY Tab 10.1, Samsung Electronics searched for the most durable, scratch-resistant glass, and again found the perfect solution with Corning Gorilla Glass.
So now you know. But even so, don’t think everything with Gorilla Glass in unbreakable. Strengthened doesn’t mean invincible as this drop test reveals.
Still, its good to know that the soon to be launched in Malaysia Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is protected to some degree. But then again, can any tablet or smartphone afford not to have some sort of strengthened glass on its displays nowadays? We think not.