Gorilla Glass is developed by Corning Inc. Gorilla Glass is a glass made from a material called alkali-aluminosilicate, which is formed by bonding aluminum, silicone and oxygen together. It’s not a material you’d find anywhere in nature, or rather, Corning started its development in mid-2005. It was designed to be resistant to damage and scratches, lightweight, and thin (0.4 mm thick).
Why we use Gorilla Glass?
Gorilla Glass is a scratch-resistant and durable glass product from Corning that is used to protect the screens of tablets, smartphone, and other mobile devices. The glass is lightweight, strong and compatible with touch screen technologies. As a result of its strength, screens made of Gorilla Glass can be very thin. Gorilla Glass was first implemented in a mobile device screen in 2007, in the iPhone.
Gorilla Glass 1
The first Generation Gorilla Glass was ready between 2005 and 2006, but its big debut really came with the iPhone. Apple released its device to the world in 2007 and, at the company’s request, the technology on its display was 1.5 mm thick and had an oleophobic coating, which minimized fingerprints and smudges.
The iPhone wasn’t the only smartphone to have Gorilla Glass on its display though. Corning was able to get its tech onto about 250 devices in just the first generation.
Gorilla Glass 2
In 2012, Corning released Gorilla Glass 2 at the CES (Consumer Electronics Show). The glass was just as resistant, but its main update was its thickness. The second generation was 20% thinner than the first model. In lab tests, it could hold up to 50 kg of pressure without cracking or breaking.
In that same year, Gorilla Glass was included on 600 million devices. Since this version was thinner than the first, it let manufacturers develop lighter and thinner models of their phones. Both the Nexus 4 and the Galaxy S3 came equipped with Gorilla Glass 2.
Gorilla Glass 3
Gorilla Glass 3 glass brought even more resistance with it, unlike the previous version which was more focused on thickness. This is also the generation that introduced Native Damage Resistance (NDR) technology, which allowed the glass to handle even deeper scratches. According to Corning, the third generation prevented up to 35% of the scratches on the display.
To commemorate the third version of their tech, Corning planned on increasing the resistance of its Gorilla Glass three-fold compared to older versions. They could do this thanks to a new manufacturing process. GG 3 was released at the CES 2013, and it came on models like the Galaxy S4, the Moto G, and the Moto X.
Phones have Gorilla Glass 3
- Samsung Galaxy A50
- Nokia 6.1 Plus
- Poco f1
- Realme 2
- Realme 3
Gorilla Glass 4
In 2014, Corning presented its Gorilla Glass with a bold new objective. Through one of its surveys, the company found out that 70% of cell phone screen damage was due to drops, and so it began investing in reinforcing its glass. The GG 4 was developed focused on the idea of being resistant to drops.
In fact, according to lab studies, the fourth version of Gorilla Glass was twice as strong as its predecessor. Obviously, this tech doesn’t provide near the resistance to large impacts that the Moto ShatterShield on my Moto Force does. The Galaxy Note 5 and ZenFone 2 Laser are a few models that came with GG’s fourth generation.
Gorilla Glass 5
The fifth generation was released focused on providing even more resistance to drops, and it delivered with four times the strength as the previous version. Corning has released that in lab tests, the GG 5 has survived drops of up to 1.6 meters. That said, the manufacturer also guarantees that its technology can prevent cracks in up to 80% of falls onto extremely hard surfaces at the height of 1 meter.
Phones have Gorilla Glass 5
- Samsung Galaxy S9+
- Redmi Note 7 Pro
- Oppo f11 pro
- Realme 3 pro
- Redmi y3
- Samsung Galaxy S9 plus
Gorilla Glass 6
Gorilla Glass 6 is made up of a completely new composition that can withstand twice as many drops as the Gorilla Glass 5 while retaining the same level of scratch resistance. Gorilla Glass 6 is an ion-strengthened glass that, according to Corning, can resist up to 15 drops from a 1-meter height. As stated above, Corning uses a new composition in order to increase drop resistance without compromising on scratch resistance.
Phones have Gorilla Glass 6
- Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus
- Oppo R17 Pro
- Oppo F9 Pro
- Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2
- Samsung Galaxy S10
Gorilla Glass Vs Tempered Glass
Corning’s Gorilla Glass is definitely stronger than any Tempered Glass Screen Protector. It must be noted that the Tempered Glass Screen Protector is just a strong protective sheet made up of glass-like material that is used to protect your smartphone screen from scratches and drops. Some people also put the Tempered Glass Screen Protector on their Gorilla Glass Smartphone for giving their display screen additional protection and strength. So I think now I have made a pretty clear comparison between Gorilla Glass and Tempered Glass Screen Protector to clear everyone’s doubt on this topic.