If you want your nextto better withstand drops on concrete, then you better hope Corning’s new glass lives up to its claims.
The company on Wednesday introduced Gorilla Glass Victus 2, the latest version of its durable glass for smartphones. Corning says the new glass should offer better drop resistance on rougher surfaces.
The announcement is significant because Corning’s Gorilla Glass can be found on top-tier phones from companies likeand , possibly providing a preview of what to expect from next year’s new devices. The first products with the new glass are expected to hit the market in the coming months, although Corning could not share additional details. Corning’s more durable smartphone glass comes amid renewed interest in extending the life of mobile devices, for both and the reasons.
One of the biggest differences between Gorilla Glass Victus 2 and the current version is that the new iteration should better withstand drops on harder surfaces. The new glass was able to withstand drops of up to one meter onto a concrete-like surface in lab tests, according to the company. The current Gorilla Glass Victus, by comparison, was tested on surfaces intended to simulate asphalt.
“We had to find an even tougher test to interrogate the surface,” said John Bayne, senior vice president and general manager of Corning’s mobile consumer electronics division. “And concrete is exactly that. It’s actually harder than asphalt.”
The company uses materials that replicate concrete instead of real concrete because real-world surfaces degrade after repetitive drops, Corning said.
Gorilla Glass Victus 2 should also offer better glass protection for larger and heavier phones, according to Corning. The test puck the company uses to simulate the size and weight of a real phone during the testing process is now around 15% heavier to more accurately reflect today’s larger devices. This could be especially useful for foldable phones like thewhich weighs 263 grams, making it noticeably heavier than even the 228 gram . The Galaxy Z Fold 4’s cover screen and back glass already use Corning’s Gorilla Glass Victus Plus, which is a version of glass exclusive to Samsung’s Galaxy devices.
Corning typically releases new versions of its glass every 18 to 24 months, Bayne said. But the arrival of Gorilla Glass Vicus 2 comes as consumers keep their devices for longer periods of time, highlighting the need for more durable products.
Data from Assurant, an insurance provider that also helps businesses develop device trade-in programs, suggests consumers are now waiting three-and-a-half years before trading in their devices to upgrade to a new phone. Two smartphone screens are also cracked every second in the United States, according to a 2021 report from electronics repair brand UBreakIFix.
Part of the reason people might not upgrade their phones as often as they used to is that annual upgrades aren’t as compelling as they used to be. But Bayne thinks there’s still a lot to be done to improve the durability of smartphones, especially when it comes to developing tough but also thin glass.
“Our work will never be done, to tell you the truth,” he said.