large image

Trusted Reviews is supported by its audience. If you purchase through links on our site, we may earn a commission. Learn more.

Gorilla Glass 6 is coming to the rescue of serial phone droppers

Gorilla Glass 6 is here, with Corning claiming it’s the “toughest cover glass available for consumer mobile devices” just like all of the other releases.

Seeing as none of those completely eliminated the scourge of smashed displays, what exactly has Corning got in store as a follow up to the mighty Gorilla Glass 5? Well the sixth version of the display tech is constructed from an “entirely new material”, which will help to safeguard phones against multiple drops.

The company says we drop our phones, on average, seven times a year so is hoping to compensate for our continued clumsiness. It says the new glass has been chemically strengthened to ensure ‘significantly higher levels of compression’, thus making it more resilient to multiple drops than its predecessor.

Related: Best smartphone

In its announcement the firm says “Gorilla Glass 6 survived 15 drops from 1 meter onto rough surfaces, and is up to two times better than Gorilla Glass 5.”

Corning also points out that glass is covering more of ours phones’ surfaces than ever, meaning the company has taken it upon itself to significantly up its game. As a result Gorilla Glass 6 improves touch sensitivity, scratch resistance and efficient wireless charging as well as durability.

Marketing VP Scott Forester says in a press release: “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.”

Gorilla Glass 6 is currently being tested by OEMs and will start appearing within smartphones “in the next several months” the company says.

Do you get a sense smartphones are now more resistant to drops than in previous years? Drop us a line @TrustedReviews on Twitter.

Why trust our journalism?

Founded in 2004, Trusted Reviews exists to give our readers thorough, unbiased and independent advice on what to buy.

Today, we have millions of users a month from around the world, and assess more than 1,000 products a year.

author icon

Editorial independence

Editorial independence means being able to give an unbiased verdict about a product or company, with the avoidance of conflicts of interest. To ensure this is possible, every member of the editorial staff follows a clear code of conduct.

author icon

Professional conduct

We also expect our journalists to follow clear ethical standards in their work. Our staff members must strive for honesty and accuracy in everything they do. We follow the IPSO Editors’ code of practice to underpin these standards.