Corning has announced an improved version of its famed glass. The company claims that the Gorilla Glass Victus protects devices from drops.
The company has been on a slump for several years now. However, Victus might be the newest technology that will change the smartphone landscape.
It is worth noting that Gorilla Glass 3 is one of the best developments in the smartphone industry. It protects devices from scratches from regular use without installing a screen protector.
However, the company has not made any great developments since then. The Gorilla Glass 4 scored worse than the 3. The later versions did not bring significant improvements either.
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Gorilla Glass Victus protects from scratch and falls
Corning claims that the newly developed glass can protect devices better than its predecessors. Back then, there will always be a compromise between fall protection and scratch resistance.
However, the company said that there are no trade-offs with the Victus.
Corning mentioned that the new glass better doubles the scratch protection that the Gorilla Glass 6 offers. It is also four times better than competing brands.
The creators also added that Victus has survived falls up to 2 meters.
Is it true this time?
The Gorilla Glass 5 is supposed to have fall resistance of up to 1.2 meters. However, it did not live up to expectations. Meanwhile, the Gorilla Glass 6 is rated for up to 1.6 meters.
Having increased height survivability is a neat feature. It adds peace of mind that any drops while on a mobile call do not mean the end of a device.
According to Corning, it tested the capability of Victus in their own laboratory. The new glass can take an average of 20 drops. But that is at a one-meter height.
The company added that the previous generation only survived the same test 15 times. Nobody wants to drop a smartphone several times. 15 or 20 is more than enough to test a device’s durability.
If the claims are true, then smartphones for the next few years might get better in terms of durability. The added protection may also mean that manufacturers will try a different design style.
It is still not pocket proof
As much as Corning praises its new technology, there are things that can still scratch a device.
According to Jaymin Amin, Corning VP, and Gorilla Glass scientist, the Victus is not totally pocket-proof.
A smartphone usually rests inside a pocket. Lint, dirt, and other small materials are often collected inside a pocket unknowingly. This, in turn, scratches a device.
Amin said, “I think those caveats would still apply on any glass material” when asked about the Victus pocket protection.
“But what this does for you is reduce those instances quite dramatically,” he added. Citing that Victus is just an added layer of protection.
Smartphone manufacturers may use Gorilla Glass Victus soon
Different manufacturers are trying new technology to put on a device. The glass protection is no exception.
According to Amin, a manufacturer has commented that Victus is definitely better than Gorilla Glass 6. With that in mind, the said manufacturer may opt to put Victus on their upcoming devices soon.
Samsung is reportedly the first one to bring Gorilla Glass Victus to its devices. The new glass is expected to ship out with Samsung’s next-gen devices. several smartphone manufacturers are expected to follow suit.
Corning is the leading smartphone glass manufacturer. It is only natural that top-tier companies will tap their products, especially for the flagship devices.
The new glass does not cost much to produce. It is basically the same as the Gorilla Glass 6, but better.
With that being said, Corning might redeem the blunders of the 4, 5, and 6 next year. The Gorilla Glass Victus will surely be part of the next-gen smartphone specs.