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Corning Gorilla Glass 5 to feature on mobiles later this year

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Corning Gorilla Glass 5

For some time Corning Gorilla Glass has been one of the most popular choices for smartphone screens. Big names include the Samsung Galaxy S7 and the HTC 10. Now Corning have unveiled the fifth iteration of their glass and according to them it's better than ever.

They expect the new version to survive screen-down drops from 1.6 meters up to 80% of the time. Their previous version would have this survival rate at just 1 meter. What this means is that phones with Gorilla Glass 5 are much more likely to survive drops from selfie height than they were before. Corning say that this is up to four times better than competitor glasses while still offering great scratch resistance, optical clarity and touch sensitivity.

It's worth taking their claims with a pinch of salt of course. The press video below shows drop tests on what looks like rough sandpaper and a fairly smooth carpark floor. In the real world odds are that the ground will be much rougher and strewn with loose debris, which will reduce the chances of survival significantly.



Of course the proof is in the pudding, and it's likely to be later this year that we're actually able to get our hands on a phone featuring this new tech. Once it does launch you can expect to see loads of real life drop tests spring up on the web, and get a true idea of its screen protecting credentials. Until that time, we're going to speculate that it's unlikley to make much difference to mobile insurer's perceived risk of damage, and so you probably won't see lower premiums on phones with Gorilla Glass 5.