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Glassmaker Corning just unveiled Gorilla Glass 5 as thin as 0.4mm and 0.6mm thick

Glassmaker Corning just unveiled its newest version of Gorilla Glass, the chemically strengthened super glass.

The new glass is the successor to Corning Gorilla Glass 4, which was introduced in the fall of 2014. Gorilla Glass 4 was said to be twice as tough as the previous version of its glass and twice as likely to survive drops onto uneven surfaces — but only from about a meter high.

The new Gorilla Glass 5 was formulated to improve drop performance from gadgets that are dropped onto rough surfaces from certain heights — specifically, waist height to shoulder height. Selfie-fumblers rejoice: Corning says Gorilla Glass 5 survives up to 80 percent of the time when dropped from 1.6 meters (waist height to shoulder).

Internal research done by Corning showed that 85 percent of smartphone owners have dropped their phones at least once in the past year, and that two-thirds of those drops happening from waist height to shoulder height.

The first is that the 80 percent survival rate Corning achieved in tests, was with pieces of glass that were 0.6mm thick. Corning now makes glass as thin as 0.4mm, so Smartphone that opt for thinner glass or go with more rigid smartphone designs may see different results. 

Gorilla Glass 5 is in production now and the company says we should hear more about it "in the next few months." So, there's a decent chance it will be ready just in time for all of the fall hardware events. 

Gorilla Glass first started showing up in consumer electronics devices in 2007. Corning says 4.5 billion device units have been shipped with its glass to date. Manufacturers like Samsung, HTC, Lenovo, Huawei, LG, HP, and Asus have all made devices using the glass, along with other unnamed device makers.

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