New shatter resistant screens coming to a smartphone near you

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Cracked smartphone screens could become a thing of the past thanks to upgrade recently announced by Corning, the manufacturers of Gorilla Glass.

The new shatter resistant screens, Gorilla Glass 5, should be able to withstand a drop from “selfie height” which is said to be around 1.6 metres on 80% of occasions which should take away some of the fear about dropping your phone when taking photos.

The current edition of Gorilla Glass was used on a number of devices including the Samsung Galaxy S7, HTC 10 and the HP Spectre laptop that was released a couple of years ago.

The latest update comes after Corning carried out research finding that 85% of users had dropped their phone at least once in the last year whilst around two thirds had dropped it three or more times. Often the drops were from waist height and resulted in screen damage.

The Glass on the new version is 0.6mm thick but Corning believe that they can get this down to just 0.4mm for the more demanding manufacturers although at the present time it is unknown what effect this will have on the durability.

The glass is now available for manufacturers to use know which means that it should be appearing on new devices by the end of the year which is good news for those looking to buy the iPhone 7 or Samsung Galaxy Note 7

Corning says that since its launch in 2007, over 4.5 billion units have been shipped worldwide sporting its glass.

 

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