If you use a smartphone or read about smartphone features and specifications, you’ve probably come across the term “Corning Gorilla Glass” at some point. Although some people understand what the word means and the technology behind it, for some smartphone users, Corning Gorilla Glass is yet another complicated spell-like tech jargon.
Corning Inc. developed Gorilla Glass, a common display security technology that can be used on smartphones, tablets, laptops, MP3 players, and other electronic devices. The Gorilla Glass isn’t like any other kind of glass you’d find in a store. Corning invented and built processes to withstand dings, scratches, hits, and other damages common to the display of electronic goods as early as 2005.
Alkali-Aluminosilicate, a mixture/bonding of Silicone, Oxygen, and Aluminum, is used to make the toughened Gorillas Glass. Aside from being durable and resistant to damage, Gorilla Glass is known for being relatively thin and lightweight, making it ideal for use on smartphones and almost any computer without interfering with the touch screen or changing the product’s original weight.
Smartphones with Gorilla Glass 5 — the generation of glass launched in 2016 and found on Samsung’s Galaxy smartphones, the LG G7 ThinQ, and the OnePlus 6, to name a few — have benefited from the glass’s improved resistance to being damaged by falls as compared to its predecessors. Corning also claims that the new Gorilla Glass 6, which should start appearing on phones this fall, can withstand 15 drops from a height of one meter.
Corning had to turn glass, which is inherently fragile, to achieve this power. The business adds compressive tension to the inside of the glass by soaking it in a chemical salt bath. This internal stress helps the glass withstand any potential drops and falls it can experience until it is integrated into a smartphone.
Corning has had to add more and more internal tension to maintain the resilience as smartphone makers demand thinner glass to fit into sleeker phone designs. In principle, it works well and has resulted in many more drop-resistant generations, but the internal tension makes the glass more scratchable.
Tempering, which can be either an extreme heating process or a chemical treatment, such as the aforementioned salt bath, is the most common way that glass makers reinforce glass. Because of the internal tension, any stress applied to the glass’s surface is more readily absorbed. To put it another way, as glass is more tempered, it is more likely to scratch. It all boils down to the hardness of the glass’s back. Tempering trades additional hardness for versatility.
Gorilla Glass is virtually everywhere in today’s gadgets. Mobile devices include smartphones, tablets, and desktop computers. On the cover of Acer’s Chromebook 14 business laptop, Gorilla Glass was also used. Oh, and it’s in car windshields as well.
But just to be safe, try not to drop your phone!
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