Gorilla Glass 4: drop your phone from 1m and the screen (probably) won’t smash

Gorilla Glass 4: drop your phone from 1m and the screen (probably) won’t smashCorning’s Gorilla Glass 3 is found in a multitude of phones, from the wallet-friendly Motorola Moto G, to high-end flagships like the Samsung Galaxy S5, LG G3 and HTC One M8.

The inevitable Gorilla Glass 4 has been officially announced, and needless to say it’s “dramatically improved” with the headline feature being its ability to laugh off 1m drops on rough surfaces. Er, most of the time.

Corning is raving about Gorilla Glass 4 in words, where we’re told it’s “2X better than competitive glass designs”.

There’s also a 2-minute Gorilla Glass 4 drop test video in which Corning explains that the worst surfaces to drop your phone on are – shock horror – asphalt and concrete. And here was me cursing grass and mud.

It’s in that video, too, that Corning states Gorilla Glass will survive a 1m drop around 80% of the time.

If terms like “Vickers Hardness” (oo-er) and ”Coefficient of Expansion” get you hot and bothered, by all means check out the Gorilla Glass 4 product sheet.

It’s not clear when Corning's Gorilla Glass 4 will hit the market, but there’s a new crop of smartphone flagships just about on the horizon, including the Samsung Galaxy S6, LG G4 and HTC One M9.

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