The downside to owning a Smartphone
One of the downsides to owning a smartphone is the possibility of its glass being cracked or shattered. I do not know about you, but buying an expensive smartphone makes me nervous for this reason alone. Luckily, a new smartphone glass is promising to be a breakthrough in preventing cracked screens.
Manufacturing Corning’s “Gorilla Glass 6” promises to withstand impacts from up to 1 meter in height not just once, but 15 times! Over 21 percent of smartphone users worldwide have some sort of cracked screen. This is a nightmare that many of us have been through before. You purchase that expensive phone and then an unsettling “accident” happens and your precious smartphone, which probably cost more than your laptop, has a cracked screen.
There are even cottage industries all around us set up to fix smartphone screens. And with the cost of repairing these smartphone screens costing upwards of $100.00, the repair is nearly one fifth the price of the entire phone itself!
Gorilla Glass 6, what is it?
“As consumers become more dependent on their smartphones, the opportunity for potentially damaging drops is also on the rise. Now more than ever, it’s critical that the cover glass provides outstanding protection,” said John Bayne, vice president and general manager at Gorilla Glass. “Corning Gorilla Glass 6 improves upon Gorilla Glass 5 by surviving drops from higher heights, but, more importantly, has been engineered to survive multiple drops.” Corning Gorilla Glass, the company behind this new and improved smartphone glass technology, was originally started when Apple asked Corning to come up with a thin but durable glass that could be used for consumer products.
The end result is that today well over five billion devices are made with Corning Gorilla Glass. So what exactly makes Gorilla Glass so great? Scott Forester, the division Vice President of Corning Gorilla Glass, explained, “There’s always two fundamental components for Gorilla Glass.
One is the actual glass composition at the atomic level, which elements are in the glass itself. And what we do is combine it with an ion exchange process, basically a strengthening process.” This formula and method have led to Gorilla Glass dominating the Smartphone glass market.
Something strange is coming
What’s even more interesting is that the new Gorilla Glass 6 can feel like…of all things…snakeskin. In fact, the new glass can be manufactured to feel like just about any texture you like, including but not limited to wood and marble. It may seem a little strange to want a smartphone glass window that feels like snakeskin, but with the smartphone market constantly looking for new gimmicks and tricks, manufacturers like Samsung and Apple will surely welcome this option.
Another very cool possibility with Gorilla Glass 6 is that the glass itself can actually be manufactured in a way that it reveals the phone’s inside hardware. This should prove to be a very cool effect as the phone can show off those fancy microchips that cost you a fortune.
Gorilla Glass 6 is expected to be widely available late this year and it should prove to be one more craze for new Smartphone lovers to go crazy over.