Corning Gorilla Glass- everyone has heard about Gorilla glass but what is it? Gorilla Glass is a “registered trademark for an alkali-aluminosilicate sheet of toughened glass” that is made by Corning Inc- a U.S. glassmaker. Gorilla Glass combines thinness, lightness and resistance to scratches and breaks. It is used to cover digitizers on smartphones and other forms of media. Gorilla Glass is made “through immersion in a Molten Alkaline Salt Bath using ion exchange to produce a compressive residual stress at the surface.” This is supposed to prevent cracks for beginning by overcoming the stress. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gorilla_Glass) The new Gorilla Glass 4 is made of a new composite material but has not released any other details, but here is what we know. (http://www.cnet.com/news/cornings-newest-gorilla-glass-gets-twice-as-tough/)
Corning has just revealed its latest version – Corning Gorilla Glass 4. Gorilla Glass 4 will replace Gorilla Glass 3 on all smartphones and tablets making it even harder to crack than Gorilla Glass 3.
The marketing director for Corning believes that Gorilla Glass is the best glass out there but that it always needs improvement to be even better than before and that is what Gorilla Glass 4 is supposed to be. Gorilla Glass 4 is expected to overtake the hardened-display glass business. Last year, Corning Gorilla Glass was on over 80 percent of the market and is used on the Apple iPhone 6 and 6 plus as well as the Galaxy Note Edge. The Corning Gorilla Glass is also found on a myriad of smartphone, tablets and smartwatches. Gorilla Glass is facing pressure from the newest edition to hardened glass; the synthetic sapphire glass. With competition narrowing in on a great new product, Gorilla Glass needs to tweak its product and improve the quality.
The Gorilla Glass 4 is in full production and should be on all new smartphones due out. Corning is not stating what cellphone manufacturers will have the new Corning Glass 4.
Corning has reviewed many broken Gorilla Glass 3 screens to determine how to improve their product. Corning noticed that more that 70% of the screens broke due to sharp objects- such as asphalt or concrete but less likely to break on a smooth surface such as marble or tile.
When drop testing the new Gorilla Glass 4, the material doubled its chances of surviving a fall onto a rough surface. When Gorilla Glass 4 hit a rough surface, it survived about 80 percent of the time. This is better than glass that is found in windows and glass bottles, which broke about 99 percent of the time. The new Coring Gorilla Glass 4 is less often to break on a rough surface than its predecessors or regular glass.
Smartphone manufacturers are always trying to take the glass on the screens and make it thinner. You can make Corning Gorilla Glass 4 25 percent thinner than it is but doing so, you have reduced its protection to the same as a normal piece of Gorilla Glass 3.
Corning Gorilla Glass believes that Gorilla Glass 4 will help Corning keep its competitive edge and if smartphone manufacturers did not want the thinnest possible glass that the Gorilla Glass would be stronger and hold up better than ever. Keep your eyes out for the new Corning Gorilla Glass 4 as it is coming to a new smartphone near you.