Gorilla Glass 'Victus' announced, significant scratch and drop protection

Gorilla Glass has been ubiquitous in the smartphone world for a while now - and Corning, its creators, improve the aluminosilicate formula with each generation, making it less likely to scratch and less likely to shatter when impacted in a phone drop. Corning just announced the next generation, 'Gorilla Glass Victus', see the promo video 'proof' below.

Here's the Corning promo video, maximise it as usual for a better view:

From the Corning press release:

Corning Incorporated (NYSE: GLW) today introduced its latest breakthrough in glass technology, Corning® Gorilla® Glass Victus™. Built on more than a decade-long legacy of delivering tough glasses for smartphones, laptops, tablets, and wearables, Gorilla Glass Victus provides consumers and OEMs with significantly better drop and scratch performance compared to competitive aluminosilicate glasses from other manufacturers.

In three of the largest smartphone markets in the world – China, India, and the United States – durability is one of the most important purchase considerations for smartphones, second only to the device brand. When tested against features such as screen size, camera quality, and device thinness, durability was twice as important, and consumers were willing to pay a premium for improved durability. Additionally, Corning has analyzed feedback from more than 90,000 consumers indicating that the importance of drop and scratch performance has nearly doubled in seven years.

In lab tests, Gorilla Glass Victus achieved drop performance up to 2 meters when dropped onto hard, rough surfaces. Competitive aluminosilicate glasses from other manufacturers typically fail when dropped from less than 0.8 meters. Gorilla Glass Victus also surpasses Corning® Gorilla® Glass 6 with up to a 2x improvement in scratch resistance. Additionally, the scratch resistance of Gorilla Glass Victus is up to 4x better than competitive aluminosilicate glasses.

Gorilla Glass has been designed into more than 8 billion devices by more than 45 major brands. Through the company’s Mobile Consumer Electronics (MCE) Market-Access Platform, Corning continues its legacy of innovation with its market-leading cover glasses as well as glass and optics for semiconductor products that enhance performance, deliver new connectivity features, enable new designs, and support immersive user experiences with augmented reality and 3D sensing.

All of this is a little irrelevant to current (e.g.) Lumia owners, but it does mean that if you end up with a 2021 smartphone flagship then there's a good chance it'll use Victus, and that's got to be good overall.

Not that any of this makes a phone indestructible - I recently dropped a Gorilla Glass-protected phone a mere 12" onto concrete and the screen smashed. So, aluminosilicate or none, whatever the heck you do, put your phone in a TPU or leather case of some kind, please.

Published by Steve Litchfield at 16:02 UTC, July 23rd

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