Corning's US glass specialists have presented Gorilla Glass Victus 2, which they say is even more resistant glass for end devices such as smartphones, which manufacturers are planning to use in the coming months. The glass should be able to ward off falls on surfaces such as concrete.
Gorilla Glass Victus 2 is said to be a particularly robust and shatterproof glass, but as scratch-resistant as the first generation Gorilla Glass Victus. With durable glass, there is often a balancing act between particularly impact-resistant and scratch-resistant properties. A softer material usually provides break resistance, while a particularly hard material is scratch-resistant.
also developed for larger smartphones
For the Gorilla Glass Victus 2, however, the focus was not only on greater resistance to falls from waist height onto rougher surfaces than asphalt, but also on achieving these properties with larger and heavier smartphones. As the company explains, the devices have become almost 15 percent heavier over the past four years and are equipped with up to 10 percent larger screens. This alone increased the likelihood of damage, according to Corning. The company told The Verge that tests are being conducted using a 200g puck to represent current smartphones.
Corning does not provide any information on the composition of the glass. In the laboratory, however, the company managed to survive falls from a height of up to 1 m onto a surface imitating concrete without damage. Aluminosilicate glasses that compete with Corning's products, on the other hand, typically break from a height of half a meter or less, Corning explains. Gorilla Glass Victus 2 should even withstand falls from a height of up to two meters on relatively soft asphalt.
Galaxy S23 could use Gorilla Glass Victus 2
The company is still keeping the buyers of Gorilla Glass Victus 2 under wraps. It was only announced that the glass would be evaluated by several customers. In the coming months, the first products with Gorilla Glass Victus 2 will be launched. Recently it was speculated that Samsung could be one of the first buyers with the Galaxy S23 series expected for February 2023. A new glass for the screen has been mentioned in the rumor mill, which should offer better protection than Gorilla Glass Victus+ and close the gap with the Ceramic Shield of the Apple iPhone 12/13/14.