In a nutshell: Corning expands its Gorilla Glass portfolio with the latest mobile screen protector. Gorilla Glass Victus 2 features a new glass composition that Corning claims improves drop performance on rough surfaces such as concrete while maintaining the scratch resistance of the original Gorilla Glass Victus.
In laboratory testing Corning said Victus 2 has withstood a fall from a height of up to one meter onto a surface imitating concrete. Competing aluminosilicate glasses from other manufacturers typically failed when dropped from half a meter or less, Corning notes. The Victus 2 is also said to have withstood drops of up to two meters on a smoother surface that mimics asphalt.
Protective glass is not as important for mobile devices as it used to be, but it is still an important part of the kit. Corning cited research showing that in the top three smartphone markets (US, China and India), durability was the top buying factor for 84 percent of consumers, second only to brand choice.
Modern smartphones are almost 15% heavier than devices released just four years ago, which increases the likelihood of damage in the event of a fall. The screens are also about 10 percent larger on average. Large screen area means more surface area that can be scratched.
Corning is almost certainly the world’s largest manufacturer of protective glass for mobile devices. Chemically strengthened glass was originally developed in the 1960s, but didn’t find strong commercial use until the mid-2000s, when Apple used it in its first iPhone. Gorilla Glass is used on over 8 billion devices from over 45 major brands.
Gorilla Glass Victus 2 is already being tried by several buyers. The first products with the new coverslip are expected to hit the market in the next few months. With CES 2023 just over a month away and the Mobile World Congress set for the end of February, you can bet we’ll see the latest from Corning in the near future.