The New Gorilla Glass 5 Will Protect Your Phone From Selfies
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You can get yourself killed while taking a selfie, but it seems your phone might just survive the fall, because Corning, the maker of the toughened glass has unveiled the Gorilla Glass 5. It claims Gorilla Glass 5 can survive 80 per cent of drops onto rough, unforgiving surfaces, from a selfie-height.

"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," said John Bayne, vice president and general manager, Corning Gorilla Glass.

"With many real-world drops occurring from between waist and shoulder height, we knew improving drop performance would be an important and necessary advancement," he added.

Built to provide drop protection for your gadgets from certain heights, the latest Gorilla Glass 5 can survive when dropped from a height of 1.6 meters.

In comparision, its predecessor Gorilla Glass 4 could survive heights of only up to 1 meter.

According to the research done by the folks at Corning, 85 per cent smartphone users have been clumsy with their devices at least once in the past year, while two-thirds of the drops have happened from waist height to shoulder height.

Specifically, Corning highlights many smartphones have ended up with cracked screens while users have attempted to take selfies or while they have taken the phone out of the pockets.

Now, the previous versions were strong, but they weren't as durable. Rough surfaces have been especially brutal for our dainty devices, and Corning has improved protection from drops on sharp and uneven surfaces.

Another improvement Gorilla Glass 5 made is in the thickness. Corning has now made the glass up to 0.4mm thin, allowing OEMs to design smartphones with thinner and tougher screens.

However, most of the tests exhibited in the Corning office in Silicon Valley, as Verge reports, were flat-faced. The dummy phone used was dropped face flat, so it remains to be seen, how resilient the glass is when the corners hit the ground first.

The Gorilla Glass was first unveiled in CES in 2007 and since then, the supposedly unbreakable glass has found itself in the best smartphones. OEMs like HTC, LG, Samsung, Asus have all made use of it.

The Gorilla Glass 5 is under production now, so there is a bright chance it will be seen in the devices coming out this fall.

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