Something small: Corning is expanding its Gorilla Glass portfolio with the introduction of its latest cover glass for mobile devices. Gorilla Glass Victus 2 features a new glass composition that Corning claims improves drop performance on rough surfaces like concrete while maintaining the scratch resistance of the original Gorilla Glass Victus Glass.
In laboratory tests, Corning He said Victus 2 survived drops of up to 1 meter onto a concrete refining surface. Corning noted that competing aluminosilicate glass from other manufacturers usually fails when dropped from half a meter or less. The Victus 2 is also said to have survived drops of up to two meters onto a softer surface replicating asphalt.
The cover glass isn’t as big a selling point for mobile devices as it used to be but it’s still an important part of the overall package. Corning cited research showing that across the three largest smartphone markets (the United States, China, and India), durability was the most buying consideration for 84 percent of consumers and second only to brand choice.
Today’s smartphones are about 15 percent heavier than devices shipped just four years ago, which increases the potential for damage from falls. The screens are also about 10 percent larger on average. More screen real estate means more room to scratch.
Corning is almost certainly the world’s largest producer of portable cover glass. The glass was chemically toughened originally advanced in the 1960s, but did not find strong commercial use until the mid-2000s when Apple used them on their first iPhone. Gorilla Glass has been used on more than 8 billion devices by more than 45 major brands.
Gorilla Glass Victus 2 is already being sampled by many customers. The first products featuring the new cover glass are expected to hit the market in the next few months. With CES 2023 just over a month away and the Mobile World Congress lined up for late February, you can bet we’ll see Corning’s latest flagship shown off in the not too distant future.