The race for high performance specifications may be the highlight of each year, with a lot of headlines covering new SoC’s, storage capacity and RAM . One aspect that tends to be overlooked is the race for more reliable protection for your mobile device. A forerunner in that industry, Corning, has just announced its latest, most durable iteration of tempered glass for mobile devices, the Gorilla Glass 4. And what’s more surprising is that some of us may already be using it.
Corning just officially announced the Gorilla Glass 4 early this month and it is actually already being used in the Samsung Galaxy Alpha. The 4.7-inch Super AMOLED display of the full metal Galaxy Alpha was already protected by the latest generation of Gorilla Glass since its release in August, which makes the timing of the announcement of Gorilla Glass 4 rather interesting. In fact, a more recent update has also confirmed that the Galaxy Note 4 is also protected by Gorilla Glass 4.
Corning has engineered the Gorilla Glass 4 to ensure that it remains the best tempered glass protection for smartphones in the industry today. It is more durable than its predecessor, and can withstand drops up to two times more than its competitors. Another key feature is that it is thinner than the previous iterations, with only 0.4mm of the tempered glass protecting the Galaxy Alpha.
With a higher durability and thinner profile, the Gorilla Glass 4 may have just paved the way for thinner phones that are durable come 2015.