Almost all major smartphone on the market today features Gorilla Glass — a resistant transparent screen protector that can save your phone from dropping. In fact, Gorilla Glass is currently used by more than 40 major OEMs and featured on more than 4.5 billion devices.

Corning, the maker of Gorilla Glass, has recently announced Gorilla Glass 5 and has been design to provide better protection than the previous version — Gorilla Glass 4. The last update of Gorilla Glass was in 2014 with version 4 and now with version 5 which promises us better resistance from impact damage and drops.

Corning Gorilla Glass 5 launches
Gorilla Glass 5 / © Corning

Difference between Gorilla Glass 4 from Gorilla Glass 5

The latest version of Gorilla Glass is thicker than before. Gorilla Glass 4 has thickness dimension of 0.4 mm – 1.0 mm while Gorilla Glass 5 has thickness dimension of 0.4mm – 1.3mm. Being thicker, however, it will be transparent and it will not interfere with touch controls.

The major difference between version 4 and 5 is the resistance to impact damage and drops on concrete and other rough surfaces. Gorilla Glass  version 4 only survive half of the drops from one meter. Corning made a study and they found out that most drops are higher than that in real life and that’s why they made Gorilla Glass 5.

Impact damage test

During the press release, Corning mention a study that concludes “Over 85% of smartphone owners have dropped their phones at least once per year and 55% have dropped their phones three times or more. Additionally, more than 60% of smartphone owners reported dropping their devices between shoulder and waist height.”

Gorilla Glass developers also took into consideration on what damage the screen it may have when put on purse or pocket. The formulation of this new glass is tougher and stronger than before. According to lab tests, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 survives up to 80 percent of the time when dropped facedown from 1.6 meters into rough surfaces.

There are also other manufacturers of glass screen protectors other than Corning. There is Motorola along with Lenovo building their way into the market by manufacturing their own glass screen protection called ShatterShield in which, according to some lab test, provide much better protection than Gorilla. However, ShatterShield affects the display quality of the device while Gorilla preserves it.




All other images including the featured image was extracted from the YouTube video of Corning Gorilla Glass 5