If you check out the Corning website you will see just how popular Gorilla Glass has become of late, apparently 30 major brands have protected their product’s displays with Corning’s chemically strengthened glass and now there are said to be over 500 million devices worldwide which use Gorilla Glass. We have now heard about a new standard of Gorilla Glass which will undoubtedly come to smartphones, tablets, notebooks and TVs in 2012.
Corning has been showing off Gorilla Glass 2 at CES 2012 and it is definitely an improvement when compared to Gorilla Glass 1, in terms of strength there isn’t any difference to our knowledge, but when it comes to thickness Gorilla Glass 2 is 20% thinner than the previous standard. Not only is it just as strong as before but it is also just as resistant to scratches as we have come to expect.
We have embedded a video at the bottom of this post which shows just how hard it is to break Gorilla Glass 2, normal non-strengthened glass is relatively easy to break, whilst strengthened glass is roughly twice as tough but still pretty easy to break, however breaking Gorilla Glass 2 (and 1) by applying pressure is pretty much impossible.
To prove just how strong Gorilla Glass 2 is, Corning’s representative puts the glass into a device which measures how many pounds of force it can withstand (it is unclear but the measurements seem to be in PSI – pounds per square inch), here we see non-strengthened normal soda-lime glass break at 36 pounds, strengthened soda-lime glass break at 76 pounds and both Gorilla Glass and Gorilla Glass 2 withstand 120 pounds of pressure.
These impressive figures don’t tell the whole story as impact resistance is far more important than pressure resistance, but even with that said you can’t ignore just how impressive Gorilla Glass 2 is and be excited about seeing devices which are sleeker than ever arise thanks to this advance in technology from Corning.
You can find out more about Gorilla Glass 2 via this press release. Have you shattered a device with a Gorilla Glass display?