Glass still scratches at level 6 with deeper grooves at level 7, and remember, glass is glass, and glass breaks.
The second-generation of flagship toughened tempered glass from Corning has been announced. Its main feature is an enhanced drop protection versus the original Victus, so when your phone falls off your pocket at a 20cm fall, it won’t just crack, but unfortunately, dropping a phone off a 50-storey skyscraper would still destroy it.
This glass uses a new composition that makes it less likely to crack when dropped on a hard surface like concrete. It retained the same level of scratch resistance as the original Victus, however. This type of glass was released about two years ago.
According to Corning’s research, 84% of buyers in the main smartphone markets—China, India, and the US, stated that durability is an utmost concern when considering to buy a phone, just behind the brand name itself.
Through tests curated by Corning, the glass was able to withstand 1m drops on concrete. Other competing glasses survived at a lower height. Meanwhile, in asphalt surfaces, a test phone was dropped from 2m and the screen still did not crack or scratch.
Expect this type of glass to appear in flagships in the coming months, possibly even some midrangers too.