Corning Gorilla Glass is arguably the most recognizable protective glass used in smartphones, with multiple iterations being released throughout the years and adopted especially by flagship phones. Two years after introduced Gorilla Glass 6, Corning today announced Gorilla Glass Victus, the latest iteration of its protective glass for smartphones, and the first one to move away from the numbered versions – excluding the wearable-specific Gorilla Glass SR+.
Gorilla Glass Victus is, according to Corning, the first iteration of the Gorilla Glass family that improves both drop performance and scratch resistance at the same time. Corning says it has surveyed over 90,000 customers over the past few years and the results indicated that the importance of durability has nearly doubled in seven years, and this time around, the company wanted to improve the two key aspects of durability. John Bayne, senior vice president and general manager for Mobile Consumer Electronics at Corning, said:
“Dropped phones can result in broken phones, but as we developed better glasses, phones survived more drops but also showed more visible scratches, which can impact the usability of devices (…). Instead of our historic approach of asking our technologists to focus on a single goal – making the glass better for either drop or scratch – we asked them to focus on improving both drop and scratch, and they delivered with Gorilla Glass Victus.”
This work resulted in drop performance up to two meters when Gorilla Glass Victus is dropped onto a hard and rough surface, whereas aluminosilicate glass usually breaks when dropped from just 0.8 meters. Scratch performance has also been doubled from Gorilla Glass 6, and is now four times better than aluminosilicate glass. You can learn more about Gorilla Glass Victus, and check out the testing procedures for the new glass here.
Corning didn’t specify when we’ll see Gorilla Glass Victus in products we can buy, but it did say that Samsung will be the first company to adopt it “in the near future”.