Corning Gorilla Glass is something many smartphone users swear by and it is now that the company has announced the 5th Iteration of the Gorilla Glass. The toughened glass has been protecting many devices from day to day damages including scratches and abrasions.


The Corning Gorilla Glass has been specially formulated to exhibit improved drop performance, especially in a scenario wherein the phone is dropped on uneven surfaces from waist or shoulder height. The company further claims that the Gorilla 5 Glass will survive 80 percent of the times considering it was dropped from a height of 1.6meters. While some of us might still point out at the 20-percent chances that the glass might break, we need to understand that it is still way lesser than the regular glass. For contrast sake, the Gorilla 4 Glass is made to sustain falls from the height of 3.3ft on a rough surface as opposed to the 5.25ft in Gorilla 5.

John Bayne, VP and GM, Corning explained “With each successive generation of Corning Gorilla Glass, we have taken cover glass technology to new levels. Gorilla Glass 5 is no exception, extending Corning’s advantage in drop performance over competitive glasses” he further added that “With many real-world drops occurring from between waist and shoulder height, we knew improving drop performance would be an important and necessary advancement”

Owning a high-end smartphone is always an expensive affair and if you are someone known to fumble around with the device it is better to be protected. Corning Gorilla Glass 5 is touted to have better drop resistance without disturbing the optical clarity, touch sensitivity and overall damage resistance. That being said the company is yet to reveal the actual specifics of the test conducted and the associated results.

Gorilla Glasses usually rank at 6.8 in Mohr scale which directly translates to the fact that a regular knife rated at 5.5 will not be able to scratch the Gorilla Glass. However, the Sapphire still tops the scale with a Mohr’s hardness of 9. It would be interesting to know if Corning has been able to achieve a better Mohr’s hardness number in the Gorilla Glass 5.

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Mahit Huilgol is a Mechanical Engineering graduate and is a Technology and Automobile aficionado. He ditched the Corporate boardroom wars in the favor for technology battle ground. Also a foodie by heart and loves both the edible chips and the non-edible silicon chips.