Corning’s Gorilla Glass 5 Is Ultimate Defense For Smartphone Butterfingers

Death and taxes aren't the only unavoidable things in the world, so is the act of accidentally dropping your smartphone. If you're lucky it will land unscathed on the carpet or some other soft surface. And for the unlucky, Corning has your back—its new Gorilla Glass 5 is designed to protect against breakages from clumsy drops, and not just when it lands on the carpet.

According to Corning, its fifth generation of Gorilla Glass is able to withstand drops onto rough, unforgiving surfaces up to four times better than competing glass designs. The added sturdiness compared to previous generation Gorilla Glass iterations addresses what Corning says is the top complaint consumers have with mobile devices.

Corning Gorilla Glass 5

"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."

The numbers support Corning's claim. A recent global study indicates that 85 percent of smartphone owners have dropped their phones at least once per year, and over half (55 percent) have dropped their phones three times or more. In 60 percent of cases of dropped phones, it the devices slipped between shoulder and waist height.

Gorilla Glass was purpose built to survive such drops. Corning's own testing shows that Gorilla Glass 5 stays intact 80 percent of the time when dropped face down from 1.6 meters onto rough surfaces. That's a remarkable feat and welcome news for people who don't like to strap their thin and light smartphones into bulky cases.

That said, there's a still a 20 percent chance that a dropped phone equipped with Gorilla Glass 5 breaks when landing face down, and that figure is probably much higher if it happens to land on a corner. Still, it's nice to Corning continuing to make improvements to its Gorilla Glass, the most popular stock protection out there.