CORNING HAS ANNOUNCED Gorilla Glass 4, which it claims will protect your smartphone screen from shattering. Most of the time, at least.
Improving on Gorilla Glass 3, Corning boasts that Gorilla Glass 4 can withstand a drop of about one metre without breaking - 80 per cent of the time.
Taking a dig at its rivals, Corning notes that soda-lime glass, deployed in many of today's commercial devices, breaks nearly 100 percent of the time when dropped from the same height.
The firm also claims that Gorilla Glass 4 can cope with rough surfaces, such as the pavement, which means phones should prove less prone to shattering.
James Steiner, SVP and general manager at Corning, said: "Corning Gorilla Glass has outperformed competing materials, such as soda-lime glass and other strengthened glass, since it was introduced in 2007, and we're always innovating to push the limits of what glass can do.
"With Gorilla Glass 4 we have focused on significantly improving protection against sharp contact damage, which is the primary reason that mobile devices break.
"Dropping and breaking a phone is a common problem, and one that our customers have asked us to help address."
It's unclear when we'll see the first Gorilla Glass 4-equipped smartphones, but Corning says it has already started sending test samples to manufacturers.
The firm is naming no names, but it's likely that the usual suspects are giving it a spin. Samsung, LG, HTC, Motorola, and Microsoft currently use Gorilla Glass on their smartphones and tablets. µ
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