Corning Gorilla Glass Victus 2 debuts with increased drop resistance

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Corning Gorilla Glass is a name that smartphone enthusiasts look for to ensure durability on a smartphone. There have been many iterations of Gorilla Glass protection, but the toughest you can find on any smartphone is Victus. That will change soon, as the company has unveiled the Gorilla Glass Victus 2—its next generation of display protection. Read along to know more about Corning’s latest breakthrough in glass technology.

Corning Gorilla Glass Victus 2 Overview:

Smartphones have grown in size over time, resulting in more screen real estate. While a larger screen diagonal may provide a better experience, it also puts your phone at greater risk of damage if dropped on a hard surface. 

Strength and durability

That’s what Corning hopes to improve with the Gorilla Glass Victus 2—increased drop resistance, particularly on surfaces like concrete. The latter is the mixture of cement, sand, and rocks and is, by definition, not a smooth structure. And when your smartphone falls into it, a piece of gravel sticking out can concentrate all of the force in one spot. That simply means more harm to your beloved device.

To combat this, Corning has reformulated its aluminosilicate solution to withstand drops of up to 1 metre (waist height) on concrete. And on a pitch road made of asphalt, the Victus 2 is claimed to survive drops of up to 2 metres (head height).

On the other hand, the Victus 2 matches the scratch threshold number of the original Victus from 2020, that is 8 Newtons. It’s still better than the competition which can only survive half the force. 

General Properties

The improvements have had no effect on the size of new glass. The Gorilla Glass Victus 2 is 0.14-1.2mm thick, just like Victus. Corning, on the other hand, can also tailor the thickness to the manufacturer’s specifications. 

Furthermore, the softening point of Victus 2 has been raised slightly from 827 to 878 degrees Celsius. The core glass’s refractive index remains unchanged at 1.51 and 1.52 for the compression layer.

Overall, the Gorilla Glass Victus 2 offers significant improvements in drop resistance. While other properties of the glass remain pretty similar to the last generation. As said by Gorilla Glass division VP Scott Forester to The Verge, it is because smartphone OEMs wanted better drop protection on concrete because “30% of the drops they were having were on concrete, more than any other surface.”

Corning Gorilla Glass Victus 2 Availability

Corning says smartphone OEMs are currently evaluating Gorilla Glass Victus 2 and it is expected to hit the market within a few months. Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S23 series (S23 Ultra, S23/S23+) could be the first to debut with it.