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Heavy-duty glass for iPhone 7: crash test [video]

The iPhone 7 will get a new toughened glass increased strength. Now, if you accidentally drop your precious gadget on the ground or stick it in your back pocket, this can lead to catastrophic consequences.

This week, Corning has introduced its latest development — a new generation of glass Gorilla Glass 5. It is designed to provide extra protection against screen damage by accidental drops. New glass can withstand a drop onto a hard surface from a height of 1.6 m without any damage in 80% of cases. About that high holding a smartphone at arm’s length when taking a selfie. This figure is four times better than competing products.

According to Corning, 85% of smartphone users drop their mobile device at least once a year, and 55% of users claims that dropping the gadget more often three or more times a year. In addition, 60% of users reported that approximately two-thirds of the smartphone falls occur from a height from waist to shoulder.

Gorilla glass 5 has been tested on uneven surfaces, and as a demonstration for the press it has been dropped on the sandpaper with a four-foot height. Some smartphones, the testing of which occurred in the laboratory, can withstand up to 220 hard landings. In addition to drops, the new material does an excellent job with scratches and chips, especially compared to other popular examples.

New Corning glass is already commercially available, but it will take some time until will be available equipped with them smartphones. iPhone 7 will be one of the first devices on the market, protected by Gorilla Glass 5.

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