"Gorilla Glass 6 will protect the next batch of phones"
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Gorilla Glass 6 will protect the next batch of phones
Your next phone could survive a few more of these.
It is covered in Gorilla Glass 6. Corning has just announced its next generation Gorilla Glass and it's supposed to withstand drops of up to one One meter, about hip height, 15 times.
That's about two years worth of drops for the average consumer, making it twice as durable as the previous Gorilla Glass 5, at least according to Corning.
As good as it was, Gorilla Glass 6 is better.
It drops at higher heights, but more importantly, for repeated drops at one meter The company showed us how they torture their glass to get it ready for prime time in their labs in Silicone Valley.
First, your traditional drop test.
With this machine, it's able to drop it at an angle.
No surprise that the curve is the weakest link on the glass.
The company said they tested Gorilla Glass 6 up to two meters, as high as this machine goes.
They also have the tumble test, to mimic the most hazardous environment of all, the purse.
The phone gets put in with cosmetics, keys, and coins, to see just how scratch resistant the glass is.
And my personal favorite, the super slapper.
[SOUND] This pendulum mimics the impact and is measured in joules of impact energy.
But even Corning admits that the design of a phone can play a huge part in how fast that phone breaks.
So we'll have to conduct some tests of our own once they hit the market which could be very soon.
We've been sampling them for some time now and they're actually designing gorilla glass six.
Into their products that are launched later this year.
Does that mean the Note 9?
And it's not just about making glass durable.
Corning is also changing the look of gorilla glass beyond this year's devices.
This is matte glass and it makes fingerprints significantly harder to see, cuz matte is the new black.
And this one even has texture which mimics that it's on.
And for wearables, they've made something called a DX Plus Composite which can be applied to Gorilla glass to reduce reflections and help prevent scratching.
Beyond that even, flexible screens which Corning is already testing out as well.
We have done glasses down to a hundred microns which is 0.1 The thickness of a sheet of paper.
It can go thinner than that and these glasses can bend within five millimeter radius, so about a quarter-inch radius.
So as you talk about foldable, flexible displays, that's about the range of fold or bend that people are interested in.
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